One Year – 11th Month – Builder Home Warranty Inspection
Have you ever made a new purchase and added an extended warranty, only to discover that something breaks right after the guarantee expires? It seems we have all been there at one point or another. Wouldn’t it be great if you could uncover problems before the warranty expires and avoid shelling out for expensive repairs? If your home is currently under a builder’s home warranty, that is entirely possible if you schedule an inspection approximately 30 days out.
11th Month Builder Home Warranty Inspection
Many new homeowners wait until they notice an issue before making a warranty claim. The problem with that is the fact that many problems can go unnoticed for weeks or even months. It’s quite possible for your home to develop defects within the warranty period, yet not discover them until after you are no longer covered.
By that time, you are on your own as far as repairs go. And as if that weren’t bad enough, some problems can actually become worse over time. As such, they might cost you far more money than they would have if you had just discovered them early on. Let’s face it-shelling out money to fix things is not what you had in mind when you purchased your new home, is it?
Instead of waiting for the inevitable, why not schedule an 11th month builder’s home warranty inspection? Allow us to thoroughly check your residence from top to bottom to discover if there are any issues your home warranty would cover. This will allow you to make a claim before the contract expires, saving you a great deal of time and heartache in the process.
Home Warranty Inspection Checklist
It’s important for an 11-month builder home warranty inspection to be as thorough as possible. As such, one of our inspections normally covers the following:
• Appliances (if provided by the builder)
• Attic joists and insulation
• Roof, soffits, and fascia
• Heating and air conditioning
• Doors and windows
• Foundation and/or crawl spaces
• Electrical panel and outlets
• Gutters and downspouts
• Walls, floors, and ceilings (to include the condition of drywall)
• Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
• Ventilation system
• Ceiling fans
Each home warranty is different, yet most contain common elements. Accordingly, your inspection may include certain other items not listed above. For example, some builders cover the property itself. In that case, we may check for:
• Proper drainage
• Cracks or imperfections in a paved driveway
• Leaning, bowed, or buckled retaining walls
• Sloping or uneven sidewalks and walkways
Provides Adequate Time for Repairs
There are quite a few benefits to having a home inspection performed just before the warranty expires. One of them is the fact that you have allowed as much time as possible for problems to manifest themselves. At the same time, you still have enough days remaining on your warranty to file a claim and avoid paying for expensive repairs yourself.
Gives you Peace of Mind
Many of our inspections result in us finding no major faults whatsoever. This is also a relief for most homeowners as they no longer need to worry about having to shell out big money anytime in the near future.
Ensures Builders will Cooperate
To remain competitive, builders must maintain their reputations. If issues are discovered, most are eager to resolve them as quickly as possible. They do not want people to talk about the poor quality of their work or how they have “stiffed” someone out of warranty repairs. This is especially true now that online reviews and viral social media posts have become more prevalent than ever.
Some builders simply will not take a homeowner’s word about certain issues. Many will change their tune after seeing a written report from a professional home inspector. It’s hard to argue with something when it is clearly listed in black and white. The final report could even be admissible in court should you find it necessary to take legal action.
Save Money by Having an Inspection Performed
You may be thinking that an 11th month builder home warranty inspection is not necessary. After all, you live in your home every day and are already aware of any problems, right? Why spend money on an inspection when you can just wait until you notice something wrong.
The truth is that you cannot possibly know whether or not certain issues exist. When was the last time you climbed onto your roof or checked your attic for signs of damage? Odds are that you have never done that and likely never will.
When having an inspection performed before the warranty expires, you can ensure that the builder is liable for the damage. In turn, this means you can actually save money by having a home inspection performed instead.
Can Assist with Selling
If you have just purchased a brand new home, the last thing you are probably thinking about is selling. However, studies show that the average first time homebuyer will stay in their residence only three to five years. So if this is your first home, you could be selling it sooner than you think.
You could also experience life circumstances such as a job change that would cause you to place your home on the market. You may have even bought the house as an investment and are already planning to sell it as soon as the market is favorable.
Regardless of your reason for selling, having a recent home inspection can prove invaluable whenever it is time to sell. Most buyers are looking for an inspection anyway. The fact that you have already had one done means they will not have to fork over the money to have an inspection themselves.
When to Schedule
We recommend double checking your warranty’s expiration date and then scheduling an appointment for 30 days prior to that. A complete inspection can take several hours, which is why we recommend setting aside at least half a day. Your check-up should ideally take place during daylight hours as many issues are difficult if not impossible to discover whenever it is dark outside.
Do not put off a Home Inspection
Has it been almost a year since you signed a builder’s home warranty contract? If so, it’s time to schedule a home inspection. Don’t wait until your guarantee has expired-call us today.
Ten Most Common Problems Found During a Home Inspection
The most important process of buying and selling houses is the home inspection. Always pay close attention to the advice your home inspector will provide you after their careful, professional examination of the home. It doesn’t matter if you are the seller or the buyer, you should consider the home inspectors recommendations against the home’s price or estimated value. Also, it doesn’t matter if it’s a brand-new home or an older home, because finding problems before you purchase, is obviously ideal compared to discovering a major financial problem once the purchase has been made. The following are ten of the most common problems that are found during a home inspection.
1. Electrical Wiring
Your inspector will test and assess the outlets throughout the home. They’ll asses the breaker box, including fuses. Other issues they might find are reversed polarity, double taps, and damaged wiring.
If your neutral and hot wires have been attached incorrectly, you will have a reverse polarity. Simply switching the wires to the correct position fixes this common issue.
A double tap is two feeds going into one breaker. Installing a twin breaker remedies this.
Damaged and faulty wiring is a major concern. This can lead to house fires and property damage, which includes neighboring homes. You will need to redo hazardous wiring or account for it in the asking price or bid.
2. Home Heating Problems
Did you know you should check and maintain your heating system annually? Most homeowners skip out on annual maintenance and the crucial inspection of their home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Your home inspector will thoroughly check your heating system unit for signs of maintenance that generally include blower, blower belt if applicable, ductwork, and presence of soot. These issues can cause your heating system to fail, and the easiest remedy is to schedule a certified HVAC specialist to clean and inspect your system prior to selling your house. If you’re purchasing, consider hiring a service to perform yearly checks.
3. Plumbing Problems
Small leaks in the pluming of a home can occur without the homeowner being aware. Common areas are around toilets and sinks, but hidden water damage can be found elsewhere. Broken seals, incorrect materials, and corrosion can lead to leaks.
If your inspector discovers signs of active leaks, you should consult with a plumber. They can locate and fix issues quickly. If the damage caused by the leaky pluming had been occurring for a while, you will need to address that as well. Further inspection is necessary to ensure mold isn’t present and that structural damage has not occurred.
4. Exterior Problems
The home’s fascia is a common culprit for outside issues. This part of the roof allows for proper ventilation of the home. If it’s not properly installed, you could have a decrease in the lifespan of your roof.
The second important outside factor of your home is your gutters. Without a gutter system, your roof can leak since the primary role of them is to remove rainwater and drain it away from your home. Regularly clean and update your gutters to ensure they remain in working order.
5. Roof Integrity
Your home inspector won’t skim over a roof; they’ll study it for improper ventilation, curled or missing shingles, leaks, and missing or broken flashings. Roofing can be an expensive fix. If a homeowner lets problems go, their oversight can lead to thousands of dollars in damage to not only the roof but the home too.
An inspector will check each window to make sure they open and close correctly. Accidently painting a window shut in a common issue, but broken hardware or loose panes can show up on your report too.
They will also check for drafts when they’re shut as a good working window shouldn’t allow air to escape. You will find this more in older homes; window installation and window quality have changed vastly.
7. Structural Issues
Your home’s structural integrity is the single most important aspect. It supports the walls and provides a foundation. If that foundation has faults, it puts the rest of the house at risk. Sloping floors, sticking doors, and cracks in the foundation are all common issues.
Foundation problems are rarely a cheap or DIY fix. You should be prepared if you’re purchasing a home with any type of structural damage and receive estimates to repair the problems.
If mildew, mold, or other signs show up in your basement or crawlspace, you might have an outside drainage problem. Improper grading is most commonly the culprit here. Sometimes proper grading was never done. However, the process can occur naturally too, like soil erosion, and you’ll see it with older homes. As the soil builds up against your home, it allows water to pool at the foundation.
Grading your home isn’t cheap. It generally includes removing and trucking in large amounts of soil. Plus, if you have damage to the foundation, basement, or crawlspace, you’ll need to address that too. These are must know issues before purchasing or selling a home.
9. Water Heater
Changing housing requirements can lead to older homes having water heater issues that aren’t discovered until inspection. Heater vent size and no temperature pressure release valve (TPRV) are common problems with older models.
You are unlikely to encounter water heater problems in newer homes, but it’s not impossible. Listen to your inspector’s suggestions and, if applicable, the estimated life left in the water heater.
10. Poor Maintenance
A Home Inspector can tell whether the home owner performed regular maintenance on their house and yard regularly. Issues that send up red flags include worn carpets, wall stains from previous leaks, mold, or mildew, loose or missing caulking, peeled paint, cracked pavement or rutted driveway, and holes in the walls or flooring.
While one or two issues might seem like a minor problem, when accounting for them as a whole, it paints a different picture of the house. Do your best to take care of issues as they arise, and remember that minor issues can quickly become BIG ones.
Utilizing a home inspection is the best method to ensure both parties know the home om the market is healthy without any hidden issues. Sellers can quickly address problems or adjust their price to reflect the health of the home. Buyers generally want to invest in a house that is structurally sound and without large surprises that could burden them financially at a later date. A home inspection offers both parties a win-win solution and peace of mind.