INSURING YOUR DEVELOPMENT AGAINST STRUCTURAL DEFECTS
CRL IS ONE OF THE UK'S MOST RESPECTED AND COMPETITIVELY-PRICED STRUCTURAL DEFECTS INSURANCE SPECIALISTS.
What is Structural Defects Insurance?
Structural defects insurance is insurance designed to protect against latent defects in newly built or converted/refurbished, residential developments. It protects against the cost of complete or partial rebuilding or rectifying work to the property as a result of defective design, workmanship or materials that occur during the build period but are not discovered until after completion.
The majority of UK mortgage lenders insist on structural defects insurance from a recognised provider before lending on any property under 10 years old. CRL are leading structual defects insurance specialists, recognised and backed by 95% of lenders.
Structural Defects Insurance is sometimes also known as Structural Warranty, Latent Defects Insurance, Building Warranty, Home Warranty, Construction Insurance and Self Build Insurance.
What does Structural Defects Insurance cover?
The structural defects insurance offering covers new builds, partially or fully completed homes, completed properties with defects, self-builds, basements, conversions, extensions and renovations, eco-builds and timber frames, prefabs, social housing developments, insolvency situations, and multi-use developments.
Structural insurance covers a wide range of defects and materials including:
Load-bearing foundation systems and footings
Roof framing systems (Joists and trusses)
Load-bearing beams and girders
Load-bearing floors and staircases
Load-bearing walls and partitions
Floor decking and screeds
Chimneys and flues
Contaminated land for brownfield sites
Repairing, replacing and rectifying water ingress
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Why do you need Structural Defects Insurance?
Most UK mortgage lenders insist on structural defects insurance from a recognised provider before lending on any property under 10 years old.
Makes Selling Easier
A credible structural defects insurance policy is a valuable sales tool when selling a property, providing peace of mind to buyers and speeding up the sales process.
Repairing structural defects can be extremely costly, so it’s sensible to have comprehensive developer’s warranty that covers every eventuality.
Why choose CRL?
CRL is one of the most respected names in the industry and what makes us stand out from the competition is our willingness to go where others will not. We help make your venture as smooth and hassle free as possible.
So whatever you’ve got planned, we have the expertise to provide you with a structural defects insurance solution to suit your ambitious needs. Structural insurance warranties start the day of our final inspection, protecting your investment for ten years.
Retrospective structural defects insurance covers developments that have already been built but do not necessarily have an existing latent defects insurance policy.
CRL can arrange a retrospective structural defects policy that covers your project from the date of our final inspection and will run for a remainder of the 10 years from the date of Building Control sign off, ensuring that you and your home are in good hands.
Some of the reasons to provide a project with retrospective cover are:
- BUILT WITHOUT STRUCTURAL DEFECTS INSURANCE
Selling on a property that you didn’t originally have to get structural defects warranty against. Or purchasing a property that was built without structural defects insurance as the developer was under no obligation to insure it.
- FIXED-CHARGE RECEIVERS & INSOLVENCY
As a fixed-charge receiver you might need a quick fix for distressed sales and solvency situations.
- DEVELOPER ADMINISTRATION
A developer going into administration and leaving a property (without a Completion Certificate) uninsured, making it difficult to borrow against.
BIG THINKING INSPECTORS WITH AN EYE FOR THE SMALL DETAILS
It’s our inspector’s job to help you realise your construction goals, however ambitious they might be. Their experience and expertise means our pragmatic site inspections detail every aspect and flag where appropriate.
Our network of inspectors as based throughout the UK, meaning that there is always an expert on hand to offer advice and guide you through the key stages of the development process.
To ensure due diligence, best practise and to continually improve the quality of our on-site inspections, we carry out the following stages for each project:
- INITIAL INSPECTION
Foundation and substructure stage inspection.
- INTERIM INSPECTION
Superstructure, roof and plasterboard stage inspection.
- FINAL INSPECTION
The final inspection to receive the Final Build Certificate.
Our inspectors will be in touch to arrange the dates for each of these inspections almost immediately – ensuring minimal delays. Get in touch to discuss your latent defects insurance needs in more detail.