The Inspector

By NPI, Inc.



Should You Get a Builder’s Warranty Inspection?

 July 26, 2021 |  Home Maintenance, Home Inspection, Safety |  foundation, plumbing, electrical, first time homeowner, new homeowner, moving

There’s no feeling quite like moving into your dream home, especially if you’ve watched with anticipation as it was being built from the ground up. If it’s your first home, then there’s double the cause for celebration! There can be a lot to learn about your home, from the foundation to the water heater, and you want to be sure that everything is functioning properly before your one-year warranty expires. That’s why it’s always a smart decision to get a builder’s warranty inspection.

What’s a builder’s warranty and what does it do?
After your home is finished, your builder will likely offer you a one-year warranty. This warranty is intended to cover any needed repairs up to one year after you’ve moved in. You protect yourself from any damage to your home, and it helps keep the builder accountable for their work. Getting a home inspection before your builder’s warranty expires will help catch potential issues early on, and could potentially save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Aren’t you fine with just a municipal inspection?
Your new home was likely assessed by municipal inspectors from the city or county to ensure it was safe to live in before you moved in. However, you shouldn’t just rely on these types of inspections to give you all the answers. Typically, municipal inspectors will conduct a walk-through style inspection that isn’t as in-depth as a standard home inspection. This means that it’s easier to miss items in an attic or crawlspace that are hidden from plain sight. Plus, another 11 months will have gone by at the time of your builder’s warranty inspection, and new repairs could be needed.

But the house is brand-new, shouldn’t it be fine?
So much goes into constructing a home, it’s practically impossible for it to be 100 percent perfect. Lots of different contractors are involved in the project, with builders, plumbers, and electricians coming and going at different stages. Not to mention that your home has thousands of components that all come together, and it only takes one small mistake to cause a problem in the future. You may even notice a defect yourself, but think that it’s small enough to not be a concern. In fact, it’s these types of defects that you can wind up paying big bucks for in repairs years from now. It takes a trained eye to know what needs immediate attention.

What are some common issues revealed?
While each house is different, here’s a list of items that are found most often during a builder’s warranty inspection: 

  • Electrical 
  • Insulation 
  • Siding 
  • Roof 
  • HVAC 
  • Heat loss 
  • Radon 
  • Plumbing 

As you can see, these are things that are found in older homes as well. It just goes to show that no matter the age of your home, issues will pop up.

Is a warranty inspection any different?
A builder’s warranty inspection is just the same as a regular home inspection. That means you’ll be getting a top to bottom examination of your home, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re protected with a comprehensive inspection.

Learn more about Builder's Warranty Inspections here.

Where can I get my home inspected?
At National Property Inspections, Inc. we have a network of qualified, professional inspectors that can assist you! If your builder’s warranty coverage is almost up, reach out to one of our local inspectors. They’ll be able to guide you through the inspection process as well as how to get any needed repairs taken care of. Find your local inspector and schedule an inspection today!

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