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New Home Warranty Inspection

 by Bob Kenney

Maryland law requires all new homes to have a one year warranty. The eleventh month is a convenient point to get an Independent Home Inspection. This will include those items that you may have noticed but not yet corrected and those items revealed by a comprehensive inspection now that the house has settled through seasonal changes.

Anyone who has bought a newly constructed home should protect themselves by using their builders warranty, as needed. These warranties only last for 12 months, so you need to act fast. The problem is that many of the items that should be covered do not stand out to owners during the early months of new home ownership. To ensure you will not be left paying for something that should have been covered by your warranty, schedule an 11-Month/Builders Warranty Inspection.

This is a full home inspection, not a simple walk through and includes all those items just as if you were new buyers.

The completed report will document those items that need to be corrected by your new home warranty before it expires.

NAHB Resources:

    Residential Construction Performance Guidelines was written by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) to define and clarify reasonable expectations in various home assemblies. Within its pages you will find commonly accepted tolerances for home construction that can help resolve disputes between builder and owner.
  • Residential Construction Performance Guidelines
  • 11 Month Inspections include:

    • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim.
    • Gutters and downspouts.
    • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations.
    • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
    • Eaves, soffit and fascia.
    • Grading and drainage.
    • Basement, foundation and crawlspace.
    • Water penetration and foundation movement.
    • Heating systems.
    • Cooling systems.
    • Main water shut off valves.
    • Water heating system.
    • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets.
    • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
    • Electrical service line and meter box.
    • Main disconnect and service amperage.
    • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses
    • Grounding and bonding.
    • GFCI’s and AFCI’s.
    • Fireplace damper door and hearth.
    • Insulation and ventilation.
    • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers.
    And Much More!