Simon Middleton recently hosted a Masterclass at the SouthWest Homebuilding & Renovating Show in November. Simon spoke on the subject of site insurance and warranties: plus the use of standard contracts on self-build, renovation and extension projects. The Presentation was called ‘De-Risk Your Project: Insurance, warranty, contracts and essential health & safety advice’.
We have issued a reminder to those embarking on homebuilding and home improvement projects about the need for properly evidenced contracts. We have also developed a suite of four Contracts for unlimited use for anyone doing a new build, conversion, renovation or extension project. These are written in plain English and are easily downloadable either separately or as a package.
1. Appointment of Professional Consultant Document B151, for use when appointing an Architect, Project Manager or other Professional
2. Building Contract B152, which is for use when appointing a Contractor to build a new house or carry out other fairly substantial work
3. Trade Contract B153, for appointing a contractor for part of the work
4. Supply & Installation Contract B154 for appointing a firm to supply and install equipment – e.g. boiler, central heating system, kitchen etc.
Simon Middleton said:
“Proper contracts are absolutely essential and are the glue that binds all the elements of your project together! We have been involved with the homebuilding and improvement sectors for many years. One the biggest problem areas we have experienced outside of physical loss or damage claims, is the lack of use of properly evidenced contracts between clients, professional, contractors, tradesmen and suppliers of materials”.
He went on to say:
“People have quite literally parted with many thousands of pounds without any written evidence of contract – and then are left helpless as they have no proof when things go wrong. The burden of proof is on you and it is crucial that you have written contracts to help establish liability and quantum of loss”.
The Self-Build Zone team were on hand throughout the show to talk through all issues on site insurance and warranties. We pride ourselves for being leading providers of site insurance, the 10 year structural warranty, buildings insurance, technical audits, building control services, health & safety to the self build, renovation, extension and home improvement marketplace.
Site Insurance is essential for anyone planning an extension, renovation, conversion or new build project. We have several different site insurance options to protect your project during the build process, including flexible short term extendable policies as well as the traditional 2 year policy.
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