Building conversion insurance built by experts


From barn conversion insurance to chapel conversion projects, we have the expertise to help

Catering for your conversion projects

Converting an existing building is an opportunity to give an old, perhaps even disused, property a bright new future. Be it a derelict barn, disused chapel, shut school, a building that’s being turned into apartments or another exciting project, our building conversion insurance can provide important protection to help give you greater peace of mind during your conversion project.

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Cover the scope of your conversion project

Our building conversion insurance covers the existing structure that’s being converted, the new conversion works and the materials being used, right through to completion of the project. Plus, you can get insurance for your conversion site, tools, equipment and even a residential caravan if that’s what you need.

How else can conversion insurance help?

Conversion insurance exists to protect the building from damage as a result of building works. With a Self-Build Zone building conversion policy, you can benefit from:

  • Public liability and employers’ liability – whether it’s family, friends or third-party contractors, we help make sure people on site are protected during the project with public liability and employers’ liability cover – included as standard with our conversion insurance.
  • Contract wordings – conversion projects often require the skills of a range of tradespeople. Having effective contracts helps protect you if a contractor doesn’t deliver as agreed. Together with ContractStore, we can bring you essential, easy-to-use contract templates at affordable prices, with unlimited use of the contract wordings.
  • Legal expenses – provided as standard with our building conversion insurance, this type of cover provides legal advice and, if suitable, support to pursue a contractual dispute (terms and conditions apply).

Why an insured contractor isn’t enough

While your builder should have their own insurance, it’s unlikely to cover the full cost of your building conversion. Most contractors only have public liability cover and their policy is often only active when they’re on site. Our conversion insurance gives you peace of mind 24/7, protecting your structure and materials against risks such as fire, vandalism, theft, potential negligence by your builder and more.

Does a building or barn conversion need a structural warranty?

Structural issues can take time to show. Building conversion projects need a structural warranty to cover the costs of repairing or rebuilding any latent defects – and if you need to sell, mortgage providers require you to have one in place. Self-Build Zone’s 10-year structural warranty is lender-approved and one of the best ways to protect your project.