Structural warranty provider Build-Zone strengthens team with two new appointments

Structural Warranty Provider Build-Zone has strengthened the team by announcing 2 new appointments.  Vicki Marshall and Chloe Hayward.

Vicky Marshall has progressed at Build-Zone from administration to a new position as Trainee Insurance Technician.  After leaving secondary school Vicky attended West Kent College where she studied Secretarial for 2 years.  She then spent 5 years as a secretary for a firm of chartered surveyors.  Vicky joined Build-Zone in April when she originally looked after the administration for the Build-Zone team including allocation of payments and the issue of all certificates.  Vicky is now training to become part of the underwriting team which involves the rating of premiums, issue of quotations and handling enquiries.

Vicky can be contacted on 0845 230 9873 or email Vicky.marshall@build-zone.com

Chloe Hayward is the newest member of the Build-Zone team.  She recently joined Build-Zone as Trainee Insurance Technician following three years studying at college at NWK College in Gravesend where she completed her exams in June 2012.  Chloe’s responsibilities include handling the administration for the Build-Zone team: the issuing of certificates, data entry and allocation of payments.  She also provides support to the other team members in producing quotations and corresponding with clients.

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Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from structural warranty provider Build-Zone

Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from Build-Zone.

Operating as a separate company, it will be managed and run by Andy Butchers, an experienced and successful Building Surveyor and Loss Adjuster. The move will add another dimension to Build-Zone’s already well respected and positioned brand (structural warranty and insurance products for builders, developers and property owners).

One of Andy’s many roles will be to improve the whole ‘client experience’ and to add further products to the portfolio that will cater for self-builders, through to large corporate clients.   Andy has already been given a warm welcome within the industry and is committed to growing the brand and developing strong relationships with suppliers, clients and insurers.

Paul Kempton, Build-Zone Managing Director said:

“By retaining control of products and their supply to Build-Zone customers, as well as having in-house claims knowledge and capacity, Build-Zone Survey Services will make for an even better and more efficient process for all of our clients and insurers”.

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Self build mortgage offers rise at Buildstore

Self build and renovation specialist BuildStore has announced a 30% increase in self build mortgage offers in the last three months to April, compared to the same period last year.

The company has also reported a similar year-on-year increase in the number of mortgage completions, signalling a growing trend for building your own home.

Whilst the wider housing market is still slowly recovering, the self build market is performing relatively well, especially with the Government’s pledge to grow the sector to the same levels of European countries, which are up to five times larger than the UK market.

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Join the self build revolution

Raymond Connor of BuildStore Financial Services explains how the self build housing market, with new-found political support, is poised to become mainstream, and why lenders need to act now to benefit from high quality, low-risk lending in this sector.


Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette – 6th January 2011


Structural Warranty Insurance

Against the backdrop of a credit crunch, a recession, and a new government, the mortgage and housing markets have changed for good. With their weaknesses exposed, it is now time to consider the potential for new models of housing procurement, and the funding thereof.  The so-called ‘good times’ of the late 1990s to mid-2000s will never come back. And yet, they are still being used as a gauge for current progress, creating an unrealistic picture of the market going forward.

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Insurance & Structural Warranty – getting the right cover in place

Embarking on a building, conversion or renovation project is an exciting if not somewhat daunting experience at the best of times and there is clearly a considerable amount of planning and preparation to be put in place prior to getting started. Insurance is probably going to be the least exciting of the items on that schedule of tasks but giving it due consideration in plenty of time can literally save thousands of pounds both now and in the future should you need to make a claim.

Simon Middleton – December 2010

Designated Warranty Link Scheme

So what insurance should you be looking to purchase and when? The short answer is it depends on your individual project, but here is a quick overview of some of the areas you need to consider.

Insuring a New Build:

Unless you are using a main contractor for the whole build and there is a written contract in place between the parties stipulating that the contractor is responsible for the entire project until completed and handed over to you, then you will definitely need to consider Site Insurance and a 10 Year Structural Warranty.

Site Insurance, which is available from Self-Build Zone provides cover from the moment you exchange on a plot to the point it’s completed. The following provides a bench mark of what can be covered with Self-Build Zone and why you need it – but it’s worth remembering that not every insurer provides the same cover and your individual needs may be different, so if you want some expert advice call 0845 230 9874 or visit the website www.selfbuildzone.com.

The Claims service is what you are buying so remember to ask your supplier who is likely be sent to your site following a claim. Is the claims service specific to self-build? Some insurers use general ‘in house’ loss adjusters who may not have much experience in self-build.

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