Buying a new building is an exciting time for all involved. However, as with any other building, you’ll need certain assurances so that you’re covered in the event of structural or design issues.
This is why obtaining the best level of new build cover is crucial, keeping you insured in case the worst happens. Though you’d expect problems to be minimal with a new build, unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. By working with ABC+ Warranty, you can reassure yourself that you have extra protection.
With our builder’s warranty on new homes, you can enjoy using your new building with confidence. For a period of 10 years, you can benefit from our new build guarantee, keeping you covered during the early years of your building’s existence. This means you can get on with your daily life for years to come without worrying about the cost of structural repairs if something ends up going wrong.
Why does a new build need a structural warranty?
When you buy a pre-owned property, depending on its age, it’s likely that the home had a structural warranty when it was first completed. If you buy a house second-hand within 10 years of it being built, you’re also likely to have the original building warranty passed onto you as the new owner.
As construction laws and building regulations continue to change over time to improve health and safety, it has become commonplace for builders, developers, and property sellers to include a new home warranty with every new building they complete. While it isn’t legally mandatory yet, it’s good practice to set up a new build warranty to ensure that the construction is inspected regularly.
The provider of a new build structural warranty, such as ourselves, will send a highly qualified chartered surveyor to assess the structure at key points during the building process. Doing things this way minimises the risk of problems going overlooked and leading to the development of latent structural defects that could have been avoided earlier.
After all, there are so many elements in a building that could cause issues if mistakes are made in their construction and left unchecked. Everything from the walls, ceilings, and floors to the doors, windows, and stairs should be done by the book – not to mention pipework and electrical wiring.
New builds are often chosen as a first home by young families, for whom buying a house is a big financial venture. At the end of the day, one of the easiest ways to protect this investment is with a building warranty. This makes it difficult for builders to cut corners in construction, and gives you a route of action if developers give you the run-around over a problem that they’re responsible for.
What does a new build warranty include?
It’s important to understand what’s included in this type of warranty, so you know exactly what your coverage allows you to claim for. The 10-year period is split into two parts, with the first two years of the warranty known as the developer liability period. This holds the builder to account should there be any issues with the work completed. If any problems are discovered during this time, such as faulty pipes or windows, the builder is obligated to come and fix them, free of charge.
The remaining eight years of the warranty make up the insurance period. For the remainder of the new build warranty, the builder will have fewer liabilities, because any smaller issues are often due to general wear and tear rather than a fundamental structural problem. The warranty will only cover issues with structural elements such as the foundations, roof, ceilings, chimney, etc – and you’ll claim directly through your provider instead of contacting the builder.
Everything is laid out in the terms of your contract from the beginning, so you can see what’s covered and when before you sign. You shouldn’t have to fuss about the small print – an honest new home warranty explains exactly what’s included, and for how long. Still, you should read through your policy documents carefully, so you know when each period applies and what you can make a claim for during this time.
How can I get a warranty for my new build house?
It’s fairly straightforward to find a new build warranty provider and get a quote for your property. However, the larger guarantee providers that dominate the market aren’t always the best choice for smaller builders, developers, and self-builders. This because they unfortunately tend to:
- Act on behalf of the contractor, not necessarily the developer or buyer
- Won’t step in if onsite works have already commenced
- Require a bond payment for unregistered builders
- Request upfront payment whether they issue the guarantee or not
- Use inspectors who aren’t properly qualified chartered surveyors
If you’re investing in a warranty scheme, you’ll want to be certain that the providers are qualified to assess your building throughout its construction. Unlike an employee of a larger banking company, a chartered surveyor will have undertaken several years of study before receiving a licence to practice.
Industry specialists like the team at ABC+ Warranty are therefore more qualified to provide a reliable warranty service, frequently offering lower prices than our competitors. When you cut out middlemen and go straight to accredited specialists, you can be confident in the quality of the services you’ll receive, and the accuracy of your quote – relaxing in the knowledge that you have a reliable new home warranty backing you up.
How long is the warranty on a new build?
As explained above, a standard new build warranty is a 10-year insurance policy covering the finished property for 10 years from the date on the completion certificate. This includes an initial 2-year developer liability period, followed by an 8-year period for the remainder.
However, if you buy an off-plan new build home, the builder or developer should already have set up a structural warranty for you as the buyer. In addition to the ten years of cover from completion, the policy should also protect your deposit in case contractors go bust before finishing the build. Our detailed surveys could also help you with making a ‘snag list’ of faults that need fixing before you move in, so everything is completely ready for you to settle right in.
If you’re buying a home that’s less than ten years old, or you’re wondering what will happen to the policy if you sell your new build and move elsewhere before it expires, don’t worry. The structural warranty stays with the property for the ten years from its official completion date, so if anyone buys the home during that time, the policy will pass on to them. However, it doesn’t reset or renew for another ten years from that point – it will only apply for the remainder of its existing term.
Get in touch for more information today
Here at ABC+ Warranty, we are specialists in all kinds of structural warranties, being one of the top new build warranty providers in the country. If you’d like to know more about how our new build warranty can protect your building, then you’ve come to the right place. We can give you all the pointers you need, so you can be sure that you’re choosing correctly with us!
Give us a call on 0161 928 8804 to speak to one of our team directly, or email your enquiries to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out our online enquiry form, and a member of our new build warranty team will get back to you as soon as we can. We promise to always provide a transparent and efficient service, however you choose to reach out to us.
Thanks to our no-obligation quotations and price-matching guarantee, you’ll never have to commit to a higher price than you’re looking for. Get in touch with us today to secure the new home warranty your property needs.