Homebuilders and General Contractors Insurance
Homebuilders and General Contractors Questionnaire
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Homebuilders and General Contractors Insurance Information
General contractors, whether they are residential or commercial, have unique coverage challenges because of their scope of work and the use of both employees and subcontractors in the performance of the work. Exposure to potential loss, as well as premium ramifications, can vary greatly depending on who does the work. Because of these factors, it is crucial to work with an agent that has expertise in the area of construction, and has access to the best coverage programs available. Some of the most important types of coverage are as follows:
GENERAL LIABILITY - General Liability protects your business against lawsuits by the general public claiming "bodily injury" or "property damage" as a result of a negligent act on your part. Whether you perform the work with direct employees or subcontractors, this coverage could provide you with a defense against lawsuits as well as financial protection if you are held legally liable for damage or injury arising out of your operations. In addition, "Completed operations" coverage is essential to protect you from suits that arise from projects that you have completed in the past. "Contractual liability" is also an important component of GENERAL LIABILITY. It can extend the coverage to certain types of liability you may assume by entering in to a variety of specified types of contracts. Other parts of GENERAL LIABILITY include coverage relating to Personal Injury, Advertising Injury, and Medical Payments. In addition, many insurance companies now offer GENERAL LIABILITY coverage enhancements that expand or broaden coverage.
WORKERS COMPENSATION - Workers Compensation was created to take care of work related injuries and eliminate the need for litigation. This makes the process easier for the employee and also helps the employer control the financial risks associated with work related accidents. In the event of an injury, provisions are made for medical expenses as well as lost wages, rehab services, and disability or death benefits without regard to who was at fault in the accident. In most states, employers are required to provide Workers Compensation for their employees. It is important to note that subcontractors who have not obtained their own Workers Compensation may be viewed as employees. Consequently, it is important to take that into account when contracting with a subcontractor as there are both premium and exposure ramifications.
BUILDER'S RISK - Builder's Risk insurance provides coverage for physical damage to properties under construction for perils such as fire, lightening, hail, windstorm, theft, vandalism, etc. New "ground up" projects are normally written for full completed value of the structure. Policies can be done for individual locations (single shot), monthly reporting form (multiple starts are reported to a master policy as they are started), or BLANKET annual auditable (annual estimate-non reporting). In addition, Renovation Builders Risk can be written for projects which include the value of an existing structure plus the value of the new work.
COMMERCIAL AUTOMOBILE - Commercial Auto policies provide coverage for commercial vehicles owned by or used by the business. This can include cars, trucks, vans, trailers etc. and can provide both liability and physical damage coverage.
CONTRACTORS EQUIPMENT - This type of insurance provides coverage for physical damage to Contractors Equipment for perils such as fire, lightening, hail, windstorm, theft, vandalism, etc. This insurance can provide coverage for equipment that your business owns, rents or leases.
LICENSE AND PERMIT BONDS - This surety coverage ensures code compliance as required by some cities and counties.
You may also need coverage for MODEL HOMES and CONTENTS, office CONTENTS, MOBILE OFFICES, or CONTRACTOR'S TOOLS. We can provide protection for all of your business assets.
We know that insurance is not your expertise, building is! We want to help you understand your coverage needs and provide solutions that give you peace of mind. If you have questions or would like more information on how we can help protect your business, please complete the questionnaire above. We look forward to working with you.