CLOSED | Win a 10-year structural warranty

Enter this prize draw for the chance to win a valuable ABC+ Warranty insurance policy

By Staff writer | 1 April 2022

Structural warranty insurance protects against structural defects in a new-build project or conversion, usually for a period of 10 or 12 years after completion.

This type of policy, which costs from £2,500 to £6,000, may seem expensive, but Grand Designs magazine readers are being offered the chance to win a 10-year structural warranty, courtesy of ABC+ Warranty.

double-fronted self-build house in traditional stone

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Because it seems expensive, structural warranty insurance is often not factored into a project budget at the outset. Buying a structural warranty at the end of the build, however, can be a costly mistake.

This is because, once the project is completed, it can be difficult and intrusive for a building surveyor to check for defective workmanship. As a result, buying the insurance at a late stage is likely to cost much more than if a warranty provider had been appointed from the start.

Doing so offers peace of mind that a surveyor will check the quality of workmanship is of an acceptable standard. Plus, without a structural warranty in place, you won’t be able to raise a mortgage against the property or sell it within the first 10 years of the completion of works.

new build homes with square bay windows and pitched roofs

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