What’s the point of a Builder’s One-Year Warranty Inspection?
Did you buy a newly constructed home within the past year? While many problems may now be concealed, it’s not too late for defects to be caught by the trained eye of our inspectors. Our experience tells us that most major construction flaws go unnoticed for 3-5 years. By this time, correcting these flaws could cost many thousands of dollars, and the builder is no longer responsible. It is unfortunate that most of these flaws go unnoticed until it is too late and extensive damage has occurred.
Most newly-built homes have warranty protection built-in for the first year of home ownership. During the first year, the home builder will typically fix just about any and every problem that you come across. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems and major structural components.
Your home warranty is useful, but filing a warranty claim can be time-consuming and costly, and it may be rejected if it’s for a non-covered item, or you’re out of your warranty.
You might be thinking that your newly built home is likely to have all of the latest features and comforts that you could ever want – and it’s brand new! A new home should be in perfect shape, right? Not always. Here’s why.
There may be shoddy workmanship or undisclosed issues.
Just because a home is brand-new doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s been built with the highest workmanship standards in mind. The plumbing could have serious issues, the roof may be installed incorrectly, there may be issues with the chimney, etc. You’re not going to be able to recognize these defects on your own, and chances are that the builders and realtors aren’t going to point them out for you!
Even a single careless contractor or a tiny mistake made when building the home can snowball – and cause serious damage. Home inspectors can recognize these issues.
If you don’t find these defects in the first year of home ownership, you could be on the hook for expensive repairs if something goes wrong.
It’s possible the home may only be up to minimum standards.
County building inspectors have to sign off on the construction of a new home, and make sure that it’s up to code. But the fact is that they only check to make sure that it adheres to the bare minimum building standards.
County building inspectors don’t work for you – they work for the county. So if the house is in okay shape and doesn’t violate any building codes, they’ll sign off on it. They’re not going to check whether the drywall is installed properly, take a deep look at the attic ventilation systems, or check the crawl spaces for leaks.
Within the first year of home ownership, the builder is still responsible for most defects. Assisting in preventing this risk and the possibility of future costly repairs is the goal of our “Builder’s One-Year Warranty Inspection.” Our inspection covers all major systems and includes testing of the mechanical systems and components. All visible defects will be noted in a written report and ready for presentation to your builder. This inspection is essential in providing you with the peace of mind you deserve.
Protect Your Investment
New homes are not always in tip-top shape. Shoddy construction is often a concern – and the sheer number of contractors and subcontractors involved in building a home can mean it has some problems, even if the developers dotted their “i’s” and crossed their “t’s” during construction. So never neglect a Builder’s One-Year Warranty Inspection.