Warranty Inspections in Frederick, MD, & Beyond
Some new things need a break-in period before they operate at their full potential: Shoes, car engines, even houses.
If you’ve recently built a new home, your builder may offer a walk-through near the end of your first year in the home. Your home has had a chance to weather a full turn of the seasons, and you’ve become familiar with the house and how everything works.
During this walk-through, your builder should go through your house and note items – nail pops, drywall creases, settling cracks – to address as part of your home warranty. Many builders want you to make the list on your own, hoping you miss important (read: expensive) fixes. And if you miss your anniversary? You’re out of luck.
How are you supposed to know every single thing that needs to be corrected in your new home, especially if you can’t see it? An independent home inspector can take you through your home with a new set of eyes, finding all the defects you don’t know to look for and which your builder may conveniently “forget.”
Defects We Find in a Typical Warranty Inspection
We write some of our longest home inspection reports on new construction. Whether from carelessness or inexperience, we find all sorts of messes construction crews left behind. Some common defects we find on a warranty inspection include:
- Furnace full of drywall dust, paint, or debris. Sometimes, we even find an instruction manual tucked inside the burner compartment!
- Disconnected, crushed, kinked, filthy, or sloppy ductwork.
- Electrical panels contaminated with paint overspray.
- Outside HVAC units that are dented, buried in mulch, too close to the house, or far out of level.
- Attic insulation with furrows and paths running through it where workers pushed it aside to access various systems and didn’t replace it.
- Sump pumps full of construction debris, rocks, soda cans, or trash, or pump floats that stick.
- Settlement around the foundation.
- Cracks in the exposed basement walls or slab.
- Floor squeaks.
- Windows that don’t latch, or won’t open or close properly.
- Garage doors that won’t close properly, that make noises, or don’t pass safety tests.
- Doors that won’t latch properly, or that rub or stick.
- Toilets that run on their own.
- Toilets that are loose or are not caulked to the floor.
- Water that is too hot.
- Water pressure that is too high, too low, or has uneven flow.
- Strange dripping noises.
Our inspectors go through your entire house – every nook and cranny – and encourage you to be present while we’re inspecting. You’re welcome to ask any questions and have us show you how things work. We can also help you understand what kinds of things the builder may be willing — or unwilling — to correct.
What Happens after My Warranty Home Inspection?
Following your inspection, we give you our thorough inspection report. There, you’ll find all the items we noted as concerning, with recommendations on what needs to be fixed right away, what you need to maintain, and what you should be doing on a regular basis to keep your home in tip-top shape. Some things are normal, and we take the time to explain them to you.
Armed with our inspection report, you can go into your builder’s inspection knowing you’ve got a thorough, independent inspection report you can present so there are no questions about the true issues in your home.