News and Views

Welcome to the Self-Build Insurance news and views page, where we bring together a collection of news, articles, hints and tips all designed with the self-builder in mind.

Whether you’re dreaming about your future, have found a plot of land, or maybe are even part way through your build, we hope you find this information interesting and useful.

Does my self-build home need a structural warranty?

September 2022

As inflationary price increases impact every aspect of the construction industry, the pressure is on self-builders to reduce costs. Hidden defects in newly built properties can happen to the most prepared self-builder, so protecting the project with a structural warranty can help reduce the cost of unforeseen structural problems.

Read our article on everything you need to know about Structural Warranty

When to insure your self build project

July 2022

Protecting your investment from day one

Read our article about when to insure your self build project

Coronavirus: helpful information

April 2020

In this time of uncertainty it's good to know there is helpful information and advice available. We have compiled a list of useful web pages and articles.

See our list of helpful Coronavirus-related links

Graven Hill: the self-builder’s paradise

September 2019

Graven Hill is a new and growing community in Bicester, Oxfordshire, created to deliver an opportunity for hundreds of self-builders to follow their self-build dream.

Find out more about Graven Hill: the self-builder's paradise

5 risks you need to know when self building your own home

August 2019

Those of us lucky enough to actually build our own home need to be aware of risks we could face along the way, so our self-build dream doesn’t become a nightmare. Here are 5 of the most common things you need to know.

Read our 5 risks you need to know when self building your own home

The SelfBuild Insurance guide to a stress free self-build

July 2017

Are you worried about your self-build project, and what may go wrong? Many people are. In this quick and easy to read guide, we look at a number of practical and easy ways to reduce the stress levels, and protect yourself and your build.

Read our stress-free self-build guide

The SelfBuild Insurance 5 minute guide to our products

July 2017

Self-Build projects have a unique set of potential risks, and as such require a distinct set of insurance covers. In this 5 minute guide, we look at our products, and how they are designed to protect you, your project and your finished home.

Read our 5 minute product guide

Self-Build facts in the UK by numbers

June 2017

We have compiled an infographic giving you a quick glance on a few facts about SelfBuild in the UK that you may find helpful for your own project. Also included are our tips on protecting your SelfBuild project.

Read the full article

Separating the self-build dream from the fantasy

April 2017

When we begin a project like self-building our own home, influences abound. Sometimes, these influences have the power to change our perspective of what a self-build project can be and what its final purpose is.

Read the full article

The diary of a self-builder

November 2016

The diary of a couples project to build their own dream home in Scotland – from a plot of land, all the way to moving in.

Read the diary

Keep safe when building a home as individual as you are

06th April 2016

First published in the Guardian “Homes and Interiors” magazine in April 2016, this is a start to finish risk and safety checklist to protect you and your ground-breaking Self-Build.

Read the full Guardian article

Planning your Self-Build project success

19th February 2016

In this article you will find a typical journey of a self-build project. We have also included some facts and hints that you may want to consider for successful project planning.

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At Home With Sarah Beeny

29th April 2015

Building or renovating your dream home – don’t let it turn into a nightmare by not having the right insurance in place.

Read more

7 self build facts you may not know

17th March 2015

We have put together an infographic of interesting facts and figures about the self build market in the UK, that you may not know.

Read the infographic

Protect your self-build dream

14th March 2015

In this article, first published in the Guardian “Homes and Interiors” magazine in March 2015, we look at the lifecycle of a typical self-build project, and some pitfalls to look out for.

Read the full Guardian article