Warranty Inspection Services in Maryland

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Many new things require a “break in” period before they operate at their full capacity: shoes, car engines… and yes, even houses.

Most new homes come with builder walk-through shortly before the end of the first year. The house has had a chance to weather a full turn of the seasons, and the owner has had a chance to become familiar with the house and how it works. The builder will (should)  go over the house with the client and note items that should be addressed as part of the new home warranty, such as nail pops, drywall creases,settling cracks, and more.  (In reality the builder wants the owner to compile the list unassisted, and don’t even think about missing your anniversary, they may not even give more than cursory reminder message)

But what about other things that aren’t right, that you either don’t know about, don’t know should be fixed, or should have been fixed before closing? Some builders discourage buyers from getting an independent Home Inspection for their new home “because our own inspector went through it already.”

Defects we Find in a Typical Warranty Inspection in Maryland:

Experience has shown us that we write some of our longest home inspection reports on new construction. Some of the common defects we find at a one-year walk-through inspections include:

  • Furnaces full of drywall dust, paint, or debris. Sometimes we even find the instruction manuals tucked inside the blower 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 way out of level.

  • Attic insulation with furrows and paths running through it where workers pushed it aside to access various systems and then failed to replace it, exposing things that aren’t supposed to be revealed (like sprinkler pipes).

  • 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, and whether to be concerned about them

  • Floor squeaks (Wood floors may squeak, but carpet should not)

  • Windows that don’t latch, or won’t open or close properly

  • Garage doors that won’t close properly, make scary noises, or won’t pass safety tests

  • Doors that won’t latch properly, or that rub or stick

  • Toilets that run by themselves

  • Toilets that are loose, or are not caulked to the floor

  • Water that is too hot

  • Water pressure that is too high, or too low, or has uneven flow

  • Nail pops that you can only see under certain lighting conditions.

  • Strange dripping noises…

And the list goes on…

What Happens After the Warranty Inspection?

Some things are normal, such as certain noises, and we take the time to explain them to you.. Other things should be fixed so that you get the comfort and efficiency that you expect from your home. We’ll show you how to spot and mark cosmetic defects and can tell you what to ask the builder to fix, what are maintenance items, and what you should be doing on a regular basis to keep your home in the best possible condition.

There are hundreds of components that go into the construction of a home, and it’s likely your builder didn’t take the time to explain every single one of them. Yet they all need to be working properly for the house to operate at its best for you. Maybe your builder didn’t explain what a “Watts 7s Sprinkler check valve” is, or why it will need to be replaced in four years. Or how long your sump pump should last, or what maintenance a septic system might need or what to do to to your washing machine make the septic system last longer.

We take the time to go through the house from top to bottom, and prepare a comprehensive, easy-to-read report that lists the condition of the property and what items in it need attention. Then you will be better-prepared for your builder’s walk-through, knowing you can present our findings to them so there is no question about what the issues are.

Contact Inspections by Bob today to schedule your warranty inspection in Frederick, Maryland and surrounding cities and towns!


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