You closed on a newly built home a few months ago, and the honeymoon phase is nearly over. You may notice noises and minor issues around the house and wonder if repairs will soon be necessary. But there’s no need to worry; most new construction homes have a one-year warranty. Before the first year is up, schedule an 11th-month warranty inspection.
You might think, “I just had a home inspection before closing. Why do I need another one so soon?” While it’s true that most buyers order a home inspection, an 11th-month warranty inspection is different. This inspection is specifically for items covered by your builder’s warranty, and it’s important to order the inspection before the warranty expires.
Hire a professional home inspector in the 11th month of homeownership to ensure there is time to file a claim before the one-year warranty period ends.
Save Money on Repairs with an 11th-Month Warranty Inspection
After living in your new house for some time, you may spot issues that need to be addressed by the builder. Your inspector will examine the home for flaws the warranty may cover. The builder would then be responsible for those repairs required, saving you the money you would spend to maintain the property.
Spending a few hundred dollars on a comprehensive 11th-month warranty inspection can help you save money in the long run. If defects are found during the inspection, you can file a claim during the warranty period and have these issues repaired on the builder’s dime. Because even minor problems may worsen as time passes, you’ll catch issues early on and have repairs made, saving time and money.
Discover Issues with Your New Home
During the first year, new builds adapt to seasonal changes in weather and temperature. As the home settles, foundation cracks might develop. You might notice drainage issues and water leaks. Settling can cause window frames to crack, and wiring may become disconnected. Due to shifting and settling, plumbing and electrical problems may occur in the first year.
During the warranty inspection, a professional will assess every system of the home. You’ll learn about issues and concerns to repair before they worsen.
What an 11th-Month Warranty Inspection Will Cover
An inspector will assess the major components of your home, including the roofing, electrical and plumbing systems, foundation, and structure. The inspector tests appliances and checks the home’s windows. After the inspection, they will provide a detailed inspection report with photos and documentation of any defects or issues found. You’ll be able to refer to your inspection report when you file a claim with the warranty provider.
Take advantage of the guarantee offered by your builder. They are responsible for fixing any problem discovered during the warranty period. Some defects that emerge during the first year may cost thousands of dollars to repair. As the owner, you save time and money by ordering an 11th-month warranty inspection.