|Most builders offer a one-year warranty on a new home. We’ll come out during the 11th month and perform a full home inspection before the builder’s warranty expires. Our non-invasive inspection is based on observations of the visible and apparent condition of the interior and exterior of the structure, including its major systems and components. Following your inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report, complete with photos, that includes information on any material defects observed on the date of the inspection. Armed with this information, you can take any necessary steps to hold your builder and his subcontractors to their warranties while they’re still in force.|
A Warranty Inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of the interior and exterior of your new home and its major systems and components. It’s conducted during the 11th month of your occupancy – before your builder’s warranty expires. We follow InterNACHI’s comprehensive Standards of Practice. This means that we’ll inspect all of the following (if accessible):
Attic, Insulation and Ventilation
Decks and porches
and we inspect for Moisture Intrusion
In my former existence as a Realtor I always recommended that our clients get a home inspected before making the final purchase. It doesn't matter if the house is old or brand new. Many times, a client complains and says, "Why should I have a new home inspected? It has a warranty!". While that may be true that it has a warranty, it may also be true that there are some serious defects that you would not find without an inspection.
This is fully illustrated by an experience that happened with the current home that my wife and I purchased. In 2003 our home was struck by lightening and it was completely destroyed. Thank GOD that none of us was physically hurt. But we lost almost everything. We then decided to purchase a new home from a reputable builder (our previous home was not). We had the home inspected and the inspector found several issues, most of which were minor. However he noticed that the wiring that was connecting our double oven was a size normally used for normal ovens. But this house has a double oven. This means that there would be more amperage drawn than a conventional single oven. The inspector checked with the manufacturers installation manual and verified that the oven required a larger size of cable to safely handle the current draw. The implication of having an undersized wire is that it could cause a fire. We have ALREADY been there , DONE that!
Armed with this information we were able to convince the builder to replace the cable with the correct size. This was not an easy task because to accomplish this the builder had to remove most of the cabinets and a lot of Sheetrock to replace the wire.
Some of the other issues that the inspector found were:
- An outlet with reverse polarity - This is another safety issue that could lead to an electric shock.
Improperly supported Purlin - Which is a structural issue that could have potentially caused major problems with the roof and associated structures down the road.
- Exposed cable ends in the foundation - This is another structural issue that could lead to foundation failure.
- There were several other minor cosmetic issues.
The Builder fixed all of the defects noted by the inspector. Having our home inspected was a very good investment that provided my wife and I confidence in our purchase.
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