800-353-8355

What is Builder's Risk Insurance? in Duluth and Alpharetta

Existing buildings are exposed to a wide variety of threats—fire, flooding, and vandalism are just a few of the ways building structures can be harmed. However, buildings under construction aren't ready to face risks that completed buildings can withstand. There's also the chance of an accident during the construction phase, like materials being destroyed or installed incorrectly. A proper risk analysis from our Talbert Insurance Services agents can help reduce the number of threats a new construction faces, and our agents can help reveal additional threats that may need to be covered by additional policies.

Builder's risk insurance is a policy designed to mitigate the chance of loss and protect you in the event that damage is done to the building. This policy is most commonly purchased by landowners and those funding the project, although some contractors purchase it in order to have more control over how each job is insured.

This policy is mainly designed for new construction, rather than changes and improvements to existing buildings. That form of construction is usually covered by property insurance and does not need any additional coverage, although it's best to talk with an agent before starting any particularly large project just to be absolutely sure it's covered.

What Does Builder's Risk Insurance Cover? What Does It Not Cover?

Builder's Risk Insurance generally covers the owner, the lending institution, the contractor(s) performing the work, and other related parties. In addition to providing coverage for damage to the building itself, most plans also cover temporary constructs (like scaffolding), materials, and equipment being used (whether it's currently on-site or off-site). The majority of policies are written on an all-perils basis, which means that reimbursements are available for any losses except those specifically excluded.

Common exclusions from this coverage include (but are not limited to):

  • The value of the land itself
  • Employee theft
  • Damages beyond the estimated value of the construction
  • Any losses brought by law or ordinance changes
  • Damage from earthquakes
  • Losses from war, nuclear hazards, or actions by civil authority

As you can see, most of the exclusions are not likely to occur during the course of a normal construction project. The value of the land is the only one likely to change as new work is done, and you will likely need to account for any improvements or losses the next time your company prepares taxes.

Builder's Risk Insurance Policy Lengths

Most policies last until the building is no longer under construction. The exact point at which this occurs can vary—it may be when certain parts of the structure are done (but finishing work, like painting, has not been completed), up to the day it opens for business, or when the contract with the construction company ends. If you're worried about interim risks—like the building being damaged between when construction finishes and when it opens for business—talk to one of our agents and ask about extending your coverage.

 

1. "Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis." WBDG. Accessed April 20, 2016. https://www.wbdg.org/resources/riskanalysis.php.

2. "Who Should Buy Builder’s Risk Insurance?" BuildingAdvisor. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://buildingadvisor.com/who-should-buy-builders-risk-insurance/.

3. "How Do I Account for Land improvements?" Questions & Answers - AccountingTools. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.accountingtools.com/questions-and-answers/how-do-i-account-for-land-improvements.html.

Talbert Insurance Services

3473 Satellite Blvd #114

Duluth, GA 30096

Main office: 770-464-5608
Toll free: 800-353-8355
Fax: 770-813-8535

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thurs: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Our Providers

Testimonials

Our members’ needs are very specialized and unusual. Talbert Services acquaints themselves with our needs and works to assure that we are satisfied in the most efficient and economical ways. I recommend him highly and value our relationship both as friends and as a consultant.
Ted Madson: Executive Director of the Florida Land Surveyor's Council
Whether for my business or family, when I speak to Larry I know I am speaking to someone who is passionate about insurance. If you want to work with the best in the business, then you want to work with Talbert Insurance.
Jason Friedlander: Owner TwistSix
I’ve owned a small business for the last 8 years and Larry and his staff have been one of the major reasons we have found success. At every turn, they were there to make sue we were covered, from our Workman’s Comp, Liability, Auto, Life to Umbrella Coverage.
Global Painting & Renovations
Such great customer service! Rates are excellent. I've been a home owner with rental property for over 25 years. By switching to Talbert, it helped me to reduce premiums by bundling auto, home, and condo insurance, while maintaining pretty much the same coverage I was accustomed to! I strongly recommend looking into doing business with these folks.
Sheila G.
I have always been very satisfied with the service I have received from Talbert Insurance Services. They provide insurance for both our cars and home. You will be happy that you switched to this great company.
Home & Auto Customer
If you need Life, Auto, or Renters Insurance go see Larry and his team. I didn't know a thing about life insurance, but after leaving Larry's office, I know I'm in good hands with my policy and that I'm getting expert advice from the best in the biz. Be sure to ask Larry about his "fire wallet"....you'll be amazed!
Jason Michno
I could not ask for a better insurance company! They saved me so much over what I had been paying. When I had a claim they took great care to make sure that I had no down time and I had a check within days to replace the item.
Precision Land Surveying, Inc.
Talbert Insurance Services’ customer service has been beyond great. It is nice to work with a company that knows who you are, what you need and the importance of these things when it comes to small business owners. Thanks Talbert Insurance Services for making my day to day life a little easier.
First Choice Realty Group of GA, LLC
We are about to reach the end of our first great year with Talbert Insurance Services. We are impressed with the outstanding service from the office/support staff. Our agent, Ted B, strives to offer us the best coverages available in our industry. We look forward to many more happy years with Talbert.
Wilson Air Conditioning Service, Inc.