Simply stated, yes, a warranty inspection, often referred to as an 11th Month Warranty Inspection, or a Builder’s Warranty Inspection, is definitely worth your time and money. The cost of the inspection is minuscule compared to the cost of the home and any repairs that might be discovered which fall under your warranty — which is basically everything.
Why do you need a home inspection on a new home?
Many people believe that a new home doesn’t need an inspection. The house is new, they trust their builder, new homes don’t have issues, etc. In reality, even a new home can have many expensive issues. The myths of a new home being perfect are quickly dispelled with an inspection. In fact, I have yet to inspect a new home without finding some issues. The homeowners were happy to have these documented.
What’s covered in a 1-Year Builder’s Warranty?
Whatever your builder agreed to build for you is included in your warranty. Most people are worried about the big systems, like the roof, plumbing, electrical, foundation, and HVAC. We’ll inspect those of course, but also inspect the exterior, garage, windows, doors, the attic, and so much more. If you have already started a list of items you would like addressed by the builder, we can also incorporate those into your report.
Defects we typically find.
The 11th Month Warranty Inspection is very similar to a regular home inspection. We comb through the entire property, because we know how important it is to you to make sure any small issues today don’t turn into large expenses down the road. Common issues are foundation cracks, improperly wired electrical circuits or outlets, HVAC and plumbing problems, moisture intrusion, and unsealed gaps at the exterior.
So, is it worth it?
The best time to get an inspection on a new home is right before the warranty expires. That is typically in the 11th month. Yes, it’s worth it. The small amount you spend on the inspection will bring returns in peace of mind at the very least, knowing that your home is still in good condition. However, if we find any defects, you’ll have them documented in a professional report, ready to give to your builder. That way, if your builder chooses not to make the repairs or fixes, you have it all in writing for any future discussions. Give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote form here to get your inspection scheduled before the end of your warranty!