With land at a premium, it makes sense to look for existing properties to upgrade, which is why conversions are popular. Common examples include department stores turned into apartments, and disused churches and barns transformed into avant-garde businesses or private accommodation.
However, the issue with converting an older building is that it’s unlikely to have a current structural warranty, but it is likely to have some structural problems. They won’t necessarily be latent defects originating from poor construction, but the older a building is, the more wear and tear it will have endured over the years.
So, is it possible to get a structural warranty for a barn conversion? Here at ABC+ Warranty, the answer is yes! We offer a specialist barn conversion warranty to give you reassurance.
This will cover you against any damage and structural inadequacy caused by poor building work. When completing any kind of barn conversion, you’ll want to make sure it can handle a variety of tough conditions – so, with the back-up of our strong barn conversion warranty, you can receive the financial support you deserve.
In the best case scenario, there will be no structural damage to your barn conversion, indicating that the builders have done their job properly. However, this isn’t always the case. By obtaining this kind of insurance, you can enjoy the use of your barn without having to worry about how to cover the costs if something goes wrong.
Can you get a structural warranty for a barn conversion?
It may not be as straightforward as getting a new build warranty, but it’s definitely possible.
As a large-scale project, with an older structure and lots of installations and restorations involved, there is a greater potential for structural defects to occur than if you were building a barn-style home from scratch. Therefore, securing a warranty will require much more exhaustive and frequent assessments before and during the development, and probably paying higher premiums.
The cover for your barn conversion project should follow a similar format to the standard structural warranty. This includes an initial defects insurance period of two years, then a structural insurance period of eight years. Those first two years hold the builders or contractors accountable for fixing construction issues, while the remainder covers major structural defects only.
During this secondary period, you would have to claim for repair costs directly through the warranty provider. Since the kinds of structural defects that might occur in a barn conversion can be very different from a regular house, it’s crucial to set up a bespoke barn conversion warranty early on.
How to get a barn conversion warranty
If you’re currently on the hunt for a barn conversion warranty, then you’re in luck, we specialise in barn conversions. While insuring barn conversions can be tricky, we’re always up to the challenge.
For the best chance of securing coverage and an agreeable quote, start the application process as soon as possible – around 6 weeks before any work starts, at least. Preparing all the documents in advance will also help if you’ll be applying for a bank loan or mortgage. You’ll need to provide:
- Site plans (including drawings, specifications, and location details for the whole site)
- Structural report (listing condition details, ground levels, and conversion suitability)
- Photographs (full-colour pictures of the interior, exterior, and surroundings)
- Waterproof envelope (existing damp-proofing materials and proposed waterproofing)
- Ground investigation report (explaining ground quality, soil strength, contamination, etc)
- Valuations (of the existing structure and planned development once completed)
- Design/construction contracts (specifying building works, timelines, and estimated costs)
The more thorough your supporting evidence, the better your chances of getting a favourable contract. Our chartered surveyors are experts in carrying out thorough structural assessments, and can provide detailed reports on the condition of the structure.
To see some examples of the kinds of building conversions we’ve worked with before, take a look at our gallery of previous projects.
Get in touch to discuss your barn conversion warranty
To find out more about how ABC+ Warranty can help you or to request a barn conversion warranty quote, you can fill out and submit our online application form or call us on 0161 928 8804 to speak to a member of our team.
Our level of experience in the area means we are well placed to give you the solution you need. By working with us, you’ll be sure you receive the warranty you deserve.
Should you have any enquiries, you can also email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you’re ready to get started straight away, why not request a quick quote for your barn conversion building warranty?