What is a warranty home inspection?
When people buy a new construction home, they often decide not to do a new construction home inspection even though it would be a good idea and in their own interest. Contrary to popular belief, there is no perfect house. New construction homes always have a list of issues.
What usually happens is that people move into their home, and start to discover various defects and issues within the first few months of living there. Each time they have to contact the builder who will send out a contractor to fix the issues. The house comes with a one-year warranty, and it covers repairs within that year.
However, as that one year deadline arrives, people often get nervous when they realize the issues they already found. They wonder whether there are additional issues that are hidden or have not yet caused a visible problem. After the warranty is up, they have to pay for any additional repairs with their own money.
To minimize unpleasant surprises and expensive repairs, we can perform a warranty home inspection. This means we inspect the house top to bottom a month or so before the one-year builder warranty expires. We provide our clients with a detailed report and a list of items that require repair. The client then submits the list of defects to the builder for repair for free before the warranty expires.
Why get a warranty home inspection?
- Some defects cause issues that develop slowly or become apparent only much later – after the warranty has already expired.
- Some defects are hidden and you might not find them yourself in time.
- Some defects are a safety hazard to you and your family, unbeknownst to you.
- Some defects are not obvious to you.
A warranty home inspection by a trained home inspector can help identify such defects so you can get them fixed for free by the builder before the warranty expires.
This can save you thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket repair costs. In addition, it can give you peace of mind.
Is it really necessary? How bad can it be?
In every warranty home inspection we have done over the years, we have found a list of defects that the homeowner was not aware of. To list a few:
- Roof issues
- Exhaust vents venting into the attic instead of to the outside
- Insufficient insulation in attics
- Heating/cooling systems not installed properly or working as intended
- Missing safety features such as anti-tip brackets for ranges or high-loops for dishwashers
- Incorrect electrical wiring
All of these can lead to serious issues if not addressed.
Always get a warranty home inspection
The builder fixing defects before the warranty expires can save you thousands of dollars. A trained home inspector inspecting your home before your warranty expires can give you peace of mind.
Every single client we have done a warranty home inspection for was very grateful and glad they hired us.