Self Build Warranties

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A structural warranty, or structural/latent defects insurance, is defined as “an insurance policy that covers defects in the workmanship, design and materials used in the construction of a self build. The warranty provider will check your plans (known as a technical audit) and inspect the house while under construction at various periods — normally foundations, superstructure, roof pre felt and batten, pre plaster and completion,” says ProAktive’s Andrew Reardon.

“If something goes fundamentally wrong with your house such as problems with walls cracking, the roof structure or a fault with damp proofing, the warranty provider will fix it instead of you having to chase up builders or architects,” Andrew adds.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.