Property owners seek cover as inflation prompts surge in requests for reinstatement cost assessments
Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has seen a rise in the number of property owners seeking cover as rampant inflation prompts a surge in the volume of requests it receives for reinstatement cost assessments.
With inflation being a hot topic in the national conversation with rising costs being felt by everyone purchasing goods or services, construction costs have increased significantly over the past three years.
Hardies partner David Alexander says that while there are some early signs of some stability in material prices, the overall trend is still projected to be upward in the short to medium term.
He said: “A consequence of this situation is that we have seen an increase in the number of reinstatement cost assessments for insurance purposes being requested by clients as insurers, brokers and property factors are advising property owners to have their properties or portfolios re-assessed to ensure that policies are providing sufficient cover.”
RICS guidance recommends that all assessments are based on a survey of the property and that the valuation includes: the cost of rebuilding the whole of the building in its current form; any tenant alterations for which the policyholder has to insure; an allowance for the modification of the design to comply with the current building regulations; and all external works and services such as incoming utility supplies, water and drainage systems.
Mr Alexander added: “These assessments should be carried out regularly and in particular after any alteration or refurbishment of your property has been carried out. It is essential that VAT is discussed with your broker or insurer to ensure you have sufficient cover in the policy to rebuild.”
Property owners are advised to seek professional advice.