Call Us Today:
847.970.5524

What is Builder's Risk Insurance in Mundelein, Libertyville & Vernon Hills, IL?

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 Schultz Insurance Services Inc 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.

Our Location

Schultz Insurance Services, Inc.

505 E. Hawley St. #220
Mundelein, IL 60060
Main office: 847-970-5524
Fax: 847-388-4746

Our Providers

Testimonials

Very good company. I've been with them for 15 years . They always on top of thing's and they have the best customer service.
H Hamza
Mike is great! Always personable, timely, helpful, and extremely competitively priced.
Corey
Best insurance company I have ever worked with. They are efficient, professional and very competitive in price. Premium Heating & Cooling.
Premium Heating & Cooling
Schultz Insurance provides top-quality customer service. When we need Certificates, Bonds and/or Special Coverages they are quick to respond, which in turn keeps our customers happy.
Markgraf Heating and Air -Long Grove
I own a business for 12 years and from my first day on I'm dealing with Mike Schultz for all my business & health insurance, He is very knowledge about his work and he always found a great - but most important for me is he is always available when I need him.
Mike M
Schultz Insurance always provides excellent service. They are professional and quick to respond to our changing insurance needs. They are committed to knowing their customers and finding the best insurance coverage to fit their situation.
M. Small
We've worked with Mike for many years. He has always done great work. Always professional and provides excellent service.
S Sundquist
When we have questions, concerns or need service Schultz Insurance has always been there for us.
Austrian Bakery