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Remodeling Your Home

By: Tonya Bruin

Remodel Your Home

Guest post by Scrivens Insurance

The sun is coming out, the days are getting longer, and the air is getting warmer. That means it’s time to renovate your home or cottage! Whether you have hired someone to renovate or you’re doing it yourself, there are some things you need to be aware.

You’ve hired a reputable builder, collected paint swatches, selected the siding and now you’re finally ready to start that long-awaited remodeling project. But first, contact your insurance broker: 613-236-9101.

Whether your addition budget is large or small, you are adding to both the value of your home and your exposure to risk. To ensure that your project goes smoothly and that you have the coverage you need, here’s what you need to know.

The best way to minimize your renovation risk is to hire a reputable general contractor for the job. As part of the bidding process, ask the general contractor to provide a Certificate of Insurance and/or copies of the policies. Specifically, check for coverage for the following:

General Liability: Ask if the contractor has liability insurance, which covers losses due to negligence and errors or omission, which results in property damage. Also ask that you are added as an “additional insured”.

Builders Risk: This policy is designed to cover damage to your home and materials, including those not installed yet. We can help you verify whether you should require this from your contractor, based on your renovation project.

If you decide to go it alone and manage a renovation yourself, you assume all the risks. A review of your homeowners coverage for liability and property is prudent, as you are assuming more risks and exposures than contemplated by homeowners insurance.

Hiring subcontractors who can provide you with a “Certificate of Insurance” or copies of their policies showing their general liability coverage is mandatory for your legal protection.

If a friend or relative helps out as a favour and gets injured, your homeowners insurance typically covers the cost of their injuries, up to your policy limits. For an extra layer of protection, it’s a good idea to also carry umbrella liability coverage, which kicks in to provide liability coverage above your homeowners limits.

Experts estimate that 1 out of 4 remodeling projects adds at least 25 per cent to the value of a home, yet often most homeowners forget to increase coverage to protect their investment. Most homeowners insurance policies require 100 per cent of the home’s replacement cost, so it’s important to raise your home’s policy limit before your project begins.

When undertaking a remodeling project, people all too often forget to review their insurance needs, too. Whether you budget is small or large, you’re adding to the value of your home and your exposure to risk. Make sure your project goes smoothly and you have the coverage you need by contacting us today: 613-236-9101 or