Buying a newly constructed home means you will have fewer issues related to wear and tear, however, it does not mean that your house is perfect and problem-free. Building materials can be flawed, contractors may take short cuts in their labor, and inexperienced help may be hired. Fortunately, most new homes come with a builder’s warranty that covers construction-related defects for 12 months. Order a builder’s warranty inspection (sometimes called an 11th-month inspection) and have a professional assess the condition of your property. The inspector’s report will detail any problems with the home so that you can file a claim against the warranty.
Request a Builder’s Warranty Inspection Before Your Home Warranty Expires
Your builder’s warranty is usually valid for 12 months. After the first year, repairs for any defects become the responsibility of the homeowner. Take full advantage of the warranty on your new home by requesting a builder’s warranty inspection in the 11th month. You’ll receive a comprehensive report on all components of the house that you can share with your builder to plan for repairs.
Request an Inspection to Catch Small Issues Before They Cause Big Problems
A minor issue like repairing flashing on a roof is not a costly repair. However, left as-is, inadequate flashing can lead to water intrusion and damage to the attic. A builder’s warranty inspection finds minor issues that could lead to bigger problems later. Using the information from the inspection report, you can make certain the builder repairs or replaces materials before your warranty expires.
Have a More Successful Sale in the Future with a Builder’s Warranty Inspection
Moving into a new home is a lot of work and you probably don’t plan to relocate again soon. However, when the day comes to sell your home, you want it to be in great condition so you can get a good price. Your buyer will certainly order a home inspection. If you requested a builder’s warranty inspection in the first year of homeownership, you’ll have peace of mind that the home was constructed well. You will be less likely to be surprised by the findings in the buyer’s home inspection report.
Outlook Home Inspections offers Builder’s Warranty inspections in the Greater Charlotte area, Western North Carolina, and Upstate South Carolina. Contact us to schedule an appointment before your home warranty expires.