Buying a brand new home can be an exciting experience. However, don’t get caught up in the excitement and forget about your 11-month warranty inspection.
What is this? Builders often give homeowners a one-year warranty on their homes. This means you should get an inspection before the warranty expires—at the 11-month mark. An 11-month warranty inspection will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of your home and look for defects so you can be fully informed and have any issues corrected.
Why Is an 11-Month Warranty Inspection Important?
Most builders use subcontractors, which means that they may not have monitored everything in detail. Certain systems, such as electrical and plumbing, may have been installed by other companies and therefore may not be up to par.
By scheduling an 11-month warranty inspection, you’ll be able to identify any defects, which your contractor will be required to fix free of charge. If the builder does not satisfactorily fix any issues, you’ll have evidence, such as photos and documentation, to use in court.
An inspection can also confirm the safety of your home. Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems can be unsafe if they are defective. An 11-month warranty inspection can give you peace of mind.
What Does an 11-Month Warranty Inspection Entail?
This inspection covers all aspects of your home, including the following:
- Interior: An interior inspection includes walls, floors, ceilings, cabinets, appliances, light switches, and fans.
- Exterior: The inspector will ensure the windows and doors have been installed properly. They will ensure the paint has been applied properly and that any stucco has not been damaged. The inspector will also check for gaps in the soffits and check plumbing fixtures and electrical outlets.
- Electrical: This involves exercising all breakers, GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters), and AFCIs (arc fault circuit interrupters).
- Plumbing: The inspector will check for proper water pressure and ensure that the cold and hot water are positioned properly (hot is a left turn, cold is a right turn). They will also search for any leaks.
- Garage: The inspector will check the functionality of the garage door and the water heater for leaks and proper installation. They will also look for water stains and any damage to the walls and ceilings.
- Roof/Attic: The inspector will assess the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. They will also inspect the flashing and vents. In the attic, they will check for damaged trusses and roof leaks. They will also ensure there is adequate insulation in all areas.
- Foundation: While the foundation is not a huge concern with new homes, the inspector will assess the driveways and walkways. They will also look for signs of flooding and ensure the slope grade is away from the house.
Contact Us Today
An 11-month warranty inspection is a good way to detect any issues with your home before the warranty expires. J Bixler Inspections can provide a thorough inspection of your home. Contact us today to schedule one.