New Homes typically have a one-year warranty from the builder covering defects in workmanship or materials. Home warranties are very specific about what they cover. You should read and understand your warranty to protect your investment.
There are many reasons to get an 11 month Warranty Inspection and these include:
Defects in new homes vary. New construction defects are omissions of work by the builder that they did not complete, and defects in workmanship & materials. You simply may not be aware of those things that may have been forgotten or overlooked during construction or the defects are not normal.
Appliances that do not function correctly and cosmetic issues are two of the most common and most noticed. The builder may have specific requirements concerning cracks and nail pop repairs.
Your furnace and ducts may have considerable construction debris and dirt within them. The system may not be supplying adequate airflow to rooms. Your heating bills will suffer from insufficient or missing insulation.
Roof flashing not properly installed or missing. Gaps in siding and trim allowing moisture penetration. Proper caulking.
Deck properly supported and anchored to home.
Poor drainage, gutters not pitched properly, downspouts not discharging water far enough away from foundation. Improper drainage can damage foundations, leading to structural problems.
Foundation cracks and water penetration. Over time, hidden defects cause substantial damage and unnecessary expenses to homes.
AND THE BIG ONE, MOLD.
Did the builder protect your home to stop mold growth?
Many of these problems are often not seen by simply living in the house. By the time they become evident, either your warranty has expired or you’re into limited coverage and deductibles.
If you have an inspection performed before the one-year warranty has expired, the builder can repair any defects discovered by the inspection under warranty. Documenting potential problems and obtaining repairs during the first year is much simpler than seeking recourse later.
YOUR “11-Month Warranty Inspection,” should be done prior to the one-year “walk-through” conducted by your builder. Documenting the condition of your home with an inspection gives you the information you need when your builder conducts the one-year “walk-through.”