A vital ingredient of any self build, security comes in two main forms: proactive and reactive.
Wherever possible, think in advance and make provision for elements such as materials, personal protection, fire, flood and leak detection, and smart home connectivity during construction (especially at first fix).
This will save you a lot of disruption if things go wrong after completion.
Prevention is better than cure. If you’re trying to manage your project to finish on schedule and on budget, you don’t want to lose time sourcing replacement materials, fixtures and fittings, whether you have insurance or not.
So bear in mind these common-sense tips:
This isn’t just about warding off thieves. If someone strays onto your land and injures themselves, you may find you’re liable.
Here’s what you need to know:
Keep materials and equipment that have to remain on site during your project safe and secure with these tips:
It costs very little to wire up a house for smart devices and alarms during first fix. You should also consider installing a safe – but remember to put it where it’s going to be used, such as near stairs or in the master bedroom. And, preferably, fit it in an area that’s alarmed.
If you own a lot of valuables, then your contents insurer may insist on a safe (or give you a discount).
Paul Kempton is managing director of insurance and warranty specialist Self-Build Zone. He has many years’ experience looking after projects of all sizes, including high net worth and high risk clients where security is paramount.