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New Construction Warranty Home Inspections

Get the Most Out of Your Builder's Warranty

 

A 1 Yr Warranty Inspection, also known as an 11th Month Inspection, Builder's Warranty Inspection, or 11th month review is the best chance to find out about any longstanding defects within the home- while these defects are still the responsibility to fix.

 

It’s also the best time to find any new defects that occurred after moving in. This inspection takes place after the home’s been built and has time to settle, but before the warranty runs out with the builder. It’s called the 1 Yr Warranty inspection, but we strongly recommend scheduling this home inspection around 11 months after settlement. 

it's important to note that all builder policies vary so it's important to check with your builder on your warranty specifics. Some items, such as Radon levels- testing and mitigation- may be under a shorter warranty period.

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Missing Siding from pipe exit point

Missing siding since pre-drywall. Unless fixed, moisture will enter the home.

What is a Builder's Warranty for New Construction?

According to the FTC "A builder warranty comes with new home construction or a remodel. It covers items that are typically a permanent part of the home, like concrete floors, plumbing, or electrical work. Most newly built homes come with a builder warranty.

Builder warranties for newly built homes generally offer limited coverage on workmanship and materials for specific components of the home, like windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and electrical systems. Warranties also usually spell out how repairs are made.

The length of coverage varies depending on the component of the house.

  • One year: Coverage for workmanship and materials on most components usually expires after the first year. For example, most warranties on new construction cover siding and stucco, doors and trim, and drywall and paint during the first year."

11th month sample report

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When Should I Schedule my New Construction Warranty Inspection?

We recommend scheduling your Warranty inspection at the 10th to 11th month period of owning your new home. Reports are sent to you the same day so you have ample time to review your Home Inspection report and report the problems to the builder. Some builders will accept a copy of the Home Inspection Report as is, while some builder require you to submit the findings via their software. Please check with your builder their policies regarding submitting the Warranty Inspection Defects.

Whether this is our first time inspecting your new house or the second, or the third- because you’ve taken advantage of our bundling options - we conduct an extremely thorough home inspection.  

Our written report is organized for your discussions with the builder. We keep the big ticket, builder responsibility items upfront so you don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt through the whole report. We photograph any defects we find so you and the builder can easily identify the problem areas.

New Construction Warranty Inspections FAQs:

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Most warranties require that the claims be submitted, not that the repairs be made before the first year ends. 11 months generally strikes a good balance between giving the home time to show it’s more ‘colorful’ side and time to discuss claims with the builder so your home can be in the best possible shape when it becomes your responsibility.

What's Included in the Warranty Home Inspection?

We cover the mechanical systems of the home including your HVAc unit as well as the structural condition including your foundation basement, crawl space and attic. All general interiors are inspected including the ceilings, walls, floors, doors and windows.

Plumbing and electrical systems are also inspected including piping, the water heater and the fireplace and chimney if present. 

 We perform an extensive inspection of the exterior of your home and roof which other companies may not. We inspect the siding, drainage, grading, gutters and roofing. All inspectors carry 32 foot ladders to inspect and walk the roof.

We inspect the framing, roof and attic, foundation, walls, electrical system, plumbing system, heating and air conditioning systems, kitchen, bathrooms.  We can also inspect additional items and systems unique to your home.  

How Long Does a New Construction Warranty Inspection take?

Please allow at least three hours for your warranty inspection. This is a full review and inspection of your home from top to bottom.

When will I Receive my Home Inspection Report?

Reports are delivered to you the same day via Email. 

How Much does a Warranty Inspection Cost?

Inspection costs vary from property to property as each home is unique. We highly encourage you to contact our office to get your own specific estimate.

What if I have questions about my Report?

Contact our office directly via phone or email and we'll be happy to get you in touch with your inspector.

Is there a Discount if I've done other inspections with Reliable?

Absolutely! Call or submit a question below and we'll be happy to speak with you about our New Construction Bundling Options.

And don't forget to ask about our New Referral Program and start earning rewards today!

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