New build homes are becoming popular, and if you’re one of the thousands of people buying a new build property, then you’re probably in need of new build insurance.
What is new build insurance?
A new build will come with a warranty, but that will only cover you for issues relating to building work that was carried out by the home developer. New build insurance would cover you outside of that, including floods, fire or subsidence.
Why is it important?
New homes may seem fault-free on the surface, but as nothing in the property is tried and tested, you may begin to notice things like leaking showers or less than perfect electrics.
What are the benefits of having new build insurance?
It might be something your mortgage provider insists you have to make sure you’re able to pay bills when things go wrong. There are always risks when it comes to buying properties – even new builds. If you buy the property outright, you don’t technically need new build insurance, but it would mean you are not covered if there are issues further down the line.
Getting new build insurance from the date you exchange contracts can protect you if the builders are not covered by the National House-Building Council (NHBC). The NHBC offers a building certificate which provides the 10-year warranty for new homes and new conversions.
New build insurance and the NHBC Buildmark cover you if you’ve exchanged contracts and the builder goes bankrupt before your property is finished. Sadly, new homeowners faced with unfinished or shoddy properties is a common sight, and once the contracts are exchanged, it’s challenging to get the builder back on site to fix any issues regardless of what the warranty says.
New build homes are often cheaper to insure than older properties because they are fitted with the latest technology. They’re usually more efficient to heat and have the most secure doors, windows and locks to protect from burglary.
It’s also worth noting that if you are struggling to insure your newly built home – we can help. Most new builds can get insurance, but a few insurers fail to update their databases, so it could be the case that your new postcode just isn’t registered yet. However, we will be able to seek out the best insurance for your needs.
Do you have any questions about new build insurance?
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