Most builders have a 1, 2, 10 warranty system for new homes. 1 year, for the entire home, bumper to bumper, 2 years for mechanicals (plumbing, electrical, HVAC), and 10 years for structural (foundation, framing). It’s a good idea to get an 11-Month warranty inspection so that we can document all items your builder should fix prior to the expiration of your 1 year warranty.
This is a full home inspection much like the one performed just before closing but there are some differences.
1. At the pre-closing inspection, the house is new and generally unused. Things may operate differently once a family of 4 moves in and is running the dishwasher and laundry at the same time while someone is taking a shower. At the pre-closing inspection, there weren’t several TV’s, computers and appliances plugged in at the same time drawing power from the electrical panels. These conditions can’t be simulated in a vacant home any may not present themselves until after you’ve moved in.
2. During the first year, your house is going to settle and move some. There might be some cracks that appear that weren’t there prior to closing. We can document these and try to get the builder to fix.
3. There might be other items that have appeared. Perhaps when they installed the tile surround for the shower and filled it in with grout, there were areas where the grout was not applied as thick. Something like this will look right before it’s used but over the first year, with many showers and cleanings, some of the tile grout may have come loose and now there are gaps. These could be potential leak points that the builder should fix.
These are just some examples of things we can find at your 11-month warranty. So even if you did get a pre-closing inspection, getting an 11-month warranty inspection is also highly recommended.
Structural Items (Foundation, Roof, Attic, & More), Electrical Panels and Branch Circuits, Heating, Cooling, and Ductwork, Plumbing Supply and Drains, Water Heaters, Gas Distribution Systems, and Appliances
Subterranean termites are prevalent in Texas. We’ll inspect to make sure they haven’t made their way into your home.
We measure your foundation using a ZIP Level to help us better diagnose the foundation. Using this info along with visual indicators around the home can help us make a more informed assessment of your foundation.
We’ll scan the inside walls and ceilings looking for potential leaks that might not have shown up visibly just yet.
We run all zones for 2 minutes each to determine if adjustments need to be made to individual sprinkler heads or if other repairs might be needed.