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What is Builder's Risk Insurance?

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 McKenna Agency, 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 Locations

McKenna Agency Inc. - Main Office

1032 Savannah Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29407
Main office: 843-795-0189
Fax: 843-795-5708

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Mt Pleasant

2191 N Highway 17, Ste B
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Main office: 843-884-0069
Fax: 843-884-5415

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Summerville

810 N Main St
Summerville, SC 29483
Main office: 843-410-5934
Fax: 843-628-6706

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - North Charleston

2154 N Center St, Ste B 205
North Charleston, SC 29406
Main office: 843-797-8041
Fax: 843-569-4557

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Beaufort

2 Merchants Lane, Ste 112
Beaufort, SC 29907
Main office: 843-322-0224
Fax: 843-322-0913

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Chapin

PO Box 955
Chapin, SC 29036
Main office: 864-469-6985
Fax: 864-236-4049

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Estill

660 Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd North
Estill, SC 29918
Main office: 803-625-3701
Fax: 803-625-0124

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

McKenna Agency Inc. - Minnesota

8100 Penn Ave S, Ste 165
Bloomington, MN 55431
Main office: 888-838-7682

Office Hours:

Mon: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tues: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thurs: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: By Appointment
Sun: Closed

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My husband and I have been working with Wes for the last year. We met with several financial advisors before deciding on the McKenna Agency and definitely felt like we made the right choice after our first meeting. Wes “roots” for our financial goals while giving sound advice along the way. We have never felt more at peace financially (been married 6+years) and feel secure in our financial future. Wes has been a GREAT resource for us and we highly recommend him, his staff and agency.
- Ashley D
I want to thank the McKenna Agency, Inc. and especially to Mr. Ell Brown for helping me with my insurance. As I was preparing to go there I felt as if I was going to my doctor for bad news, but to my surprise what at great experience meeting a young man with a wonderful smile to greet me. Mr. Brown discussed some options and prices of two of his products; he explained to me what I would need to do. We have both worked diligently preparing me to be a new member of the McKenna family. The slogan reads “Nationwide is on Your Side”, says it all. The pain is gone and I will continue to look forward to having a long-lasting relationship. Thank you again Nationwide and your wonderful Mr. Brown.
- Brenda A
Love this place! Great people who always do what's in the best interest of their clients!
- Ashley R