11 month Builder's Home Warranty Inspection in Summerville, SC and the surrounding Charleston SC area.
*There are recalls on some electrical panels that Jeff can identify for you.
One Year (11th Month) Builder's Home Warranty Inspections.
If you have purchased a newly constructed home, your builder may or may not notify you near the 11th month after closing to let you know that it’s time for your Builders warranty inspection. This will be your last opportunity to have your builder perform work on your home while the builder is still responsible and at no cost to you. Besides nail pops in the sheet rock and floor squeaks, how do you determine what items go on the warranty list?
Jeff has found that the most significant problems with houses that are 5, 10, 20 or 30 years old originated when the house was new.
These hidden defects can cause substantial issues for a home. Examples include drainage problems which can lead to structural problems. Lack of sealant can lead to significant wood rot.
Unfortunately, the quality of subcontractors of the various trades varies greatly. Also, the particular design of a house can make it susceptible to certain types of problems.
Attic & Truss issues are main concerns and Jeff knows exactly what to look for! See the picture below that shows a service conductor that was installed incorrectly and had a small fire. The county inspector missed it as did the original home inspector.
A cracked truss in the attic and a service conductor outside that was installed incorrectly that showed signs of a fire that Jeff found at an 11 month warranty inspection in the electrical panel. Everyone missed it including the county inspector as well as another local inspector that did the inspection before they closed. Stairs were all uneven and the entire staircase had to be replaced.
Contractors are overseen by local building officials but they do not inspect the home in its entirety. The subcontractors rotate so you have different sets of people working on the home. Site managers are extremely busy these days and do not have time to oversee everyone so even if there are no code violations, which there still may be, there could be some serious issues with the home that you will need to know about that could have serious consequences as well as affect future resale value.
New Construction home inspections are not only for finding defects. It is also an opportunity for you as the new homeowner to learn more about your property.
Other examples of problems that Full Service Home Inspections has discovered during builder warranty inspections include:
Shingle problems (most builders do not allow the inspectors on the roof or in the attic prior to closing)
Missing insulation in the attic
Missing or warped siding
Lot drainage issues
Gas leaks. Yes it happens.
HVAC problems - air distribution and temp.
Garage door issues
Settling issues like stuck drawers, doors and cracks.
*Ask about THERMAL IMAGING
Thermal Images may help identify cold or hot which may identify Moisture or Leak Detection, Electrical Hazards, Circuit overloads or plumbing leaks.
Thermal imagers may expose these hotspots, as the surface of the wall will have a different surface temperature compared to the rest of the wall.
Documenting the condition of your home with an 11th Month Builder's Warranty Inspection provides you with a list of needed repairs. The 11th month or One year builder Home Warranty inspection report will also give you leverage with your builder should the repairs not be completed in a satisfactory manner. The cost of the inspection will more than pay for itself. Just forward the completed home inspection report on to the builder.
You will be able to take his incredibly detailed warranty report summary pages and submit them to the builder. It’s that simple.
Your new home was a great investment for you and your family, but it needs attention to keep its value. The 11th Month or One year Builder's Home Warranty Inspection is one way you can safeguard your investment.
Let us help you protect your investment for many years to come.
With our detailed inspection and report, homeowners stand a better chance of getting the builder to correct those items that need repair. This inspection report becomes a legal document if needed.
Contact Full Service Home Inspections to do your 11 month Builder's warranty home inspections in Summerville, SC or Charleston area today.
Jeff Bennett is a Certified Master Inspector and has many years of experience in the industry and has completed over 7k inspections in the low country.