While no one would buy a new house without a 10-year structural warranty, many self-builders are willing to ignore a warranty for their project and opt instead for architect certification of their property.
While this may save some money during the project, it could be a false economy because an architect’s certificate merely states that the building has been built to the required minimum standard – it is not an insurance policy.
If there is a structural fault once your home is complete, it would be down to you, the homeowner, to take legal action to prove that the structural fault was as a result of the architect’s negligence. This is much less attractive than having an insurance policy that covers specific occurrences regardless of whether this was the architect’s fault or not.
On top of this cover, a structural warranty normally includes a site technical audit and ‘key stage’ technical inspections that not only give you the comfort of knowing your build is being erected properly, but can also be used as the trigger for the next stage of your self-build mortgage being released if you are using an advance stage payment mortgage.
What’s more, if you are planning to sell your self-build house within 10 years of its completion, a warranty that can be transferred to a new owner for the balance of its term can be a very valuable sales feature. Preparation for any self-build project is very important and the time to select your site insurance and warranty is during the planning stage. This will ensure that if things do go wrong during your project you have the means to overcome any problems.
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