If you have bought a new house, your builder may or may not notify you near the 11th month that it’s time for your warranty repair list. 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 sheetrock and floor squeaks, how do you determine what items go on the warranty list?
You hire a skilled independent home inspector such as Rick Nipper with Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. to perform an 11th Month Builder Warranty Inspection. He has performed many new home inspections and builder warranty inspections.
You may think that within the first year you have already discovered all the significant issues with your new home. You likely have found the obvious defects. However, the defects that you need to be concerned about are the hidden defects. As a home inspector with many years experience, Rick Nipper 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. If the original owners had obtained Builder Warranty Inspections, these hidden defects could have been discovered and corrected.
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.
Examples of problems that Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. has discovered during builder warranty inspections include:
- Shingle problems
- Missing siding
- Lot drainage issues
- Gas leaks
- Structural problems
- Missing insulation
- HVAC problems
- Garage door issues
Documenting the condition of your home with an 11th Month Builder Warranty Inspection provides you with a list of needed repairs. The builder 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. Rick Nipper takes the time necessary to thoroughly inspect each home and provide a comprehensive report of my findings. You will be able to take his 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 Builder Warranty Inspection is one way you can safeguard your investment. Let me help you protect your investment for many years to come.
Call Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. at 919-846-6133 if you have any questions or to schedule your builder warranty inspection. We look forward to hearing from you.
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