Have you ever made a new purchase and added an extended warranty, only to discover that something breaks right after the guarantee expires? It seems we have all been there at one point or another. Wouldn’t it be great if you could uncover problems before the warranty expires and avoid shelling out for expensive repairs? If your home is currently under a builder’s home warranty, that is entirely possible if you schedule an inspection approximately 30 days out.
11th Month Builder Home Warranty Inspection
Many new homeowners wait until they notice an issue before making a warranty claim. The problem with that is the fact that many problems can go unnoticed for weeks or even months. It’s quite possible for your home to develop defects within the warranty period, yet not discover them until after you are no longer covered.
By that time, you are on your own as far as repairs go. And as if that weren’t bad enough, some problems can actually become worse over time. As such, they might cost you far more money than they would have if you had just discovered them early on. Let’s face it-shelling out money to fix things is not what you had in mind when you purchased your new home, is it?
Instead of waiting for the inevitable, why not schedule an 11th month builder’s home warranty inspection? Allow us to thoroughly check your residence from top to bottom to discover if there are any issues your home warranty would cover. This will allow you to make a claim before the contract expires, saving you a great deal of time and heartache in the process.
Home Warranty Inspection Checklist
It’s important for an 11-month builder home warranty inspection to be as thorough as possible. As such, one of our inspections normally covers the following:
• Appliances (if provided by the builder)
• Attic joists and insulation
• Roof, soffits, and fascia
• Heating and air conditioning
• Doors and windows
• Foundation and/or crawl spaces
• Electrical panel and outlets
• Gutters and downspouts
• Walls, floors, and ceilings (to include the condition of drywall)
• Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
• Ventilation system
• Ceiling fans
Each home warranty is different, yet most contain common elements. Accordingly, your inspection may include certain other items not listed above. For example, some builders cover the property itself. In that case, we may check for:
• Proper drainage
• Cracks or imperfections in a paved driveway
• Leaning, bowed, or buckled retaining walls
• Sloping or uneven sidewalks and walkways
Provides Adequate Time for Repairs
There are quite a few benefits to having a home inspection performed just before the warranty expires. One of them is the fact that you have allowed as much time as possible for problems to manifest themselves. At the same time, you still have enough days remaining on your warranty to file a claim and avoid paying for expensive repairs yourself.
Gives you Peace of Mind
Many of our inspections result in us finding no major faults whatsoever. This is also a relief for most homeowners as they no longer need to worry about having to shell out big money anytime in the near future.
Ensures Builders Will Cooperate
To remain competitive, builders must maintain their reputations. If issues are discovered, most are eager to resolve them as quickly as possible. They do not want people to talk about the poor quality of their work or how they have “stiffed” someone out of warranty repairs. This is especially true now that online reviews and viral social media posts have become more prevalent than ever.
Some builders simply will not take a homeowner’s word about certain issues. Many will change their tune after seeing a written report from a professional home inspector. It’s hard to argue with something when it is clearly listed in black and white. The final report could even be admissible in court should you find it necessary to take legal action.
Save Money by Having an Inspection Performed
You may be thinking that an 11th month builder home warranty inspection is not necessary. After all, you live in your home every day and are already aware of any problems, right? Why spend money on an inspection when you can just wait until you notice something wrong.
The truth is that you cannot possibly know whether or not certain issues exist. When was the last time you climbed onto your roof or checked your attic for signs of damage? Odds are that you have never done that and likely never will.
When having an inspection performed before the warranty expires, you can ensure that the builder is liable for the damage. In turn, this means you can actually save money by having a home inspection performed instead.
Can Assist with Selling
If you have just purchased a brand-new home, the last thing you are probably thinking about is selling. However, studies show that the average first time home buyer will stay in their residence only three to five years. So if this is your first home, you could be selling it sooner than you think.
You could also experience life circumstances such as a job change that would cause you to place your home on the market. You may have even bought the house as an investment and are already planning to sell it as soon as the market is favorable.
Regardless of your reason for selling, having a recent home inspection can prove invaluable whenever it is time to sell. Most buyers are looking for an inspection anyway. The fact that you have already had one done means they will not have to fork over the money to have an inspection themselves.
When to Schedule
We recommend double checking your warranty’s expiration date and then scheduling an appointment for 30 days prior to that. A complete inspection can take several hours, which is why we recommend setting aside at least half a day. Your check-up should ideally take place during daylight hours as many issues are difficult if not impossible to discover whenever it is dark outside.
Do NOT Put Off A Home Inspection
Has it been almost a year since you signed a builder’s home warranty contract? If so, it’s time to schedule a home inspection. Don’t wait until your guarantee has expired-call us today.