Have you built a new home? Congratulations! Before the 12-month builder warranty expires, you need to have your home checked and inspected for any construction flaws or items, which might not be working properly, or any other concerns, which might be protected by the builder’s warranty.
We can help you at this stage with an 11th month warranty inspection (contact us). Your house is a new one and most things should be under warranty. This might be something you heard from a builder or some of the builder representatives.
Your 12-month builder’s warranty covers a lot of systems and items within your home that may have been installed improperly, or with no proper preventive measures taken. Carelessness like this is the main cause for the majority of issues a home will develop within its life. Thus, if you have bought a new home in the last year, at the same time you are worried about the present issues or possible issues with your home, having a builder warranty is a good idea.
However, you must not expect that a builder will rush out right away for an issue to your home, like a nail pop in the drywall. This kind of problem happens due to the natural settling of your home and it is best addressed in just one visit near the end of the first year.
Normal problems seen in homes are exterior siding, pipes, which are not attached properly, cold and hot water taps reversed, improperly grounded electrical outlets, windows, plumbing leaks, improperly installed roof shingles, and a lot more. The majority of builders are very receptive when alerted to defects. So, it is suggested that you present your home inspection report to the builder along with a written copy of the agreement between you and him.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL