Employer liability insurance
By law, contractors must be covered by employer liability insurance, which is there in the event an employee faces injury or illness.
All contractors should be covered by this. Also, if you’re building your own house, it’s important that you look at taking this out yourself. That’s because in the event a volunteer or sub-contractor becomes injured on-site, you could technically be viewed as their employer and face a lawsuit claim.
Similarly, Resi asks contractors to provide this as part of joining the platform. However, we are unable to share these details so always ensure to ask for them and see an in date copy prior to works starting.
Home renovation insurance
Did you know, during construction, your home is unlikely to be covered by your regular home insurance?
To make sure your home is safe, it’s worthwhile shopping around for home renovation insurance. Many companies cover this, so taking it out can be as simple as just alerting your current provider of your project for them to provide a quote.
Okay, this is a little morbid but definitely worth considering.
If you’re taking out finance on your project, you’ll also want to either update your life insurance plan or take one out. Paying off home improvement loans can take years and you don’t want your surviving family facing the debt alone, should the worst happen.
Product liability insurance
This covers your contractor in the event of injury or property damage resulting from materials/products they have supplied, manufactured or even imported.
Again, this is something you should check for in the contract during the tendering stage.
Contractors all risk insurance
If a contractor causes damage to a part of your property they were hired to work on, standard public liability insurance may not provide full coverage. If you want to have maximum protection for your home, insist on your builder being covered by a contractors all risk policy, this would cover all the costs when repairing the damage.
Home insurance guarantee and deposit protection
A contractor can take out a specific insurance cover for your project that protects your deposit should they cease trading and provide further cover towards the works that are carried out.
Any contractor can take out this cover for your project if you ask prior to agreeing on the tender and contract; contractors on the Connect platform that have signed up to this service will have this marked on their information.
Professional indemnity insurance
Professional Indemnity insurance protects against claims for loss or damages arising from professional negligence or negligent advice.
Not essential but worth inquiring about, especially if your contractor is making alterations to the design of your project. It also helps uphold a level of professionalism, in more than just the labour side of your project.
Very few homeowners know about this warranty and fewer still take it out, but it’s a great way to protect your investment!
This warranty will provide you with 10 years of insurance from ‘latent defects’ to the structure of the building. This means, should something have gone wrong during construction that isn’t spotted right away, your investment is safe from costly repairs.
This warranty can be bought by your contractor or taken out by yourself.
Want help with your project? Whether you’re just starting out or gearing up for construction, Resi can point you in the direction of who to ask for your insurance questions and we are always on hand to offer free advice. Book a consultation with our team now.