What is a warranty inspection?
Often called an 11th month inspection or 1-year warranty inspection, this service is provided to new home buyers near the end of their first year builder warranty period. It is used to identify any deficiencies that may be covered under the builder’s warranty.
The first year of a builder’s warranty period is of utmost importance. Typically in the first 12 months, the builder has responsibility for a larger range of defects. At Gulf Coast Inspections, we have learned the common problem is many defects or issues would be covered by the builder’s 1 year warranty go undiscovered until it’s too late.
Very few home owners are trained to know what and how to inspect for these potential and common flaws. Our 11th month inspection can really help save you money and headaches!
Why should I have one?
Some buyers in Florida do not believe they need a professional home inspection by Gulf Coast Inspections during the purchase of a new house or condominium because the home has been built to “code” and was inspected for building code compliance at various stages of construction. Many defects can, however, go undiscovered as building codes are minimum standards.
In addition, building code compliance inspectors have time constraints which preclude 100% inspection of every home. Significant health and safety items too often go undiscovered. Additionally, jurisdictional inspectors are not concerned with workmanship as long as the systems and components meet minimum code requirements. Whether or not a professional home inspection was obtained at the time of purchase, having an 11th month warranty inspection is a smart decision.
The inspection is a cost effective way to identify repairs or deficiencies in the structural, mechanical, and installed appliances in the home. A written report will be produced with a summary of recommended repairs that can be provided to the builder during the warranty period.
What is included?
A warranty inspection is a complete inspection of the home, not a limited one: foundation to roof, inside and out. You will receive a full, easy to read report advising you of any action to take.
The house is new, why do I need an inspection?
After a new home has been lived in for nearly a year, there can be signs of system or component malfunction, unusual wear and settlement which often go unnoticed by the homeowner. Most new home owners realize, after a few months in the home, that everything is not perfect. The construction of a new home requires an enormous amount of materials, workers, and methods of construction. With so many moving parts, it is common that issues will develop within the first year of occupancy and some may be hidden. A professional third party inspection will provide the home owner with a list of recommended repairs and corrective actions that would bring the home back to “like new” condition.
Landscaping and other improvements can also have a negative impact on the home. A Certified inspector member will look for health or safety defects and signs of defects such as settlement and moisture intrusion. The inspector will operate the heating, cooling and other systems and look for unusual characteristics or performance. A professional inspection can help you make a more informed, clearer request for repairs, often resulting in a more timely and positive response from the Builder.
In addition to providing a safe refuge and shelter from the elements, your home is a substantial investment. An 11th month warranty inspection from Gulf Coast Inspections will help protect your investment as well as your family, guests and possessions.