Generally, every new home has a one-year warranty by the builder, covering defects in workmanship and materials. Builders also frequently purchase additional warranties to cover their liability and to use as marketing tools. These additional home warranties are very specific about what they cover and many warranty contracts stipulate that the original one-year warranty is replaced by the new home warranty.
You have probably taken care of both obvious defect categories. Appliances that do not function correctly and cosmetic issues are two of the most common. The defects that are more difficult to see are the ones that should concern you. Improper wiring, small exterior openings where moisture seeps in, poor landscaping drainage, roofing damage, and others are among the most common.
Over time, many hidden defects cause substantial damage to homes. Improper drainage can damage foundations leading to structural problems. Small exterior leaks can lead to mold, termites and other wood destroying organisms. Electrical problems often remain unnoticed until "ZAP!" and someone is injured or worse.
Your real problem is that these issues frequently take longer than one year to show up! By then, either your warranty has expired or you're into limited coverage and deductibles. You need to document issues and have repairs made during the warranty period!
Your warranty home inspection should be in months eight through ten of your first year. This allows the maximum time for issues to arise and time for builder repairs during the warranty period. If you have any questions about warranty inspections, just call Selman Home Inspection at 469-371-3228. No high pressure sales tactics, just honest, informative answers to your questions. All new construction and warranty home inspections are just $250. I'll be pleased to assist you.
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