Structural warranties offer a safety net for building projects

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Whether undertaking a new build project or refurbishing an existing property, structural warranties provide peace of mind

The availability of structural warranties for new build, refurbished and converted properties have increased significantly in the past few years, with developers becoming increasingly aware of alternatives to the traditional NHBC warranty. With so many companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know what to look for in a new warranty partner to suit your project.

From the point of view of the insurance,  it’s important to examine the strength of the insurer, the maximum sum insured, the cover for existing buildings when converting, punitive clauses and developer liability. Then, of course, you have to consider the inspection regime, any technical reviews and the capability of the provider and whether the warranty is part of the CTSI Approved Consumer Code.

These points are all explained by Q Assure Build Ltd in addition to highlighting how to approach refurbishment and conversion projects specifically.

This supplement also delves into some of the technical issues arising with construction projects including Steve Hodgson of the Property Care Association who advises on what to consider when carrying out underground projects, and Premier Guarantee who examine render failures amongst other key topics.

Kim Vernau of BLP Insurance writes about the quantity of new homes required but argues that you can still maintain good quality within new builds – an important aspect for any developer and buyer alike, and Self-Build Zone who provide in-depth advice and guidance for those who are planning a self-build.

We’ve all dreamt of designing and building our home, however, getting your head around the whole process from financing the build, finding somewhere to build, and then actually building it can be a daunting prospect. But building your own home will probably be the largest financial commitment you ever make, so incredible care is required. Self-Build Zone examines the seven key areas which must be considered including finances, land, designing your project, planning, resource materials and labour, project management and risk management.

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