Warranty Inspections

Home Owners and Warranties

Why would a home owner need a home inspection? Well I am glad you asked that question. I can give you 4 reasons.

A newly built home that is still in the warranty period.
You have purchased a brand new built home. Most of the time the new home comes with a 12 month warranty from the builder. During that first year there could be settling of the foundation, maybe some structure movement, appliances should be broke in by now, the grounds probably have settled a bit from backfilling, driveway could be showing signs of cracking. Now you are going into the 11th month of your warranty period with 1 month left. Now would be a good time to schedule a home inspection. Why? Because there could be visual signs of issues that will need to be addressed very soon. With a visual sign brought forth, the builder could be notified for evaluation and repairs made while still in the warranty period, saving you thousands of dollars. Don’t delay. Call for that inspection before that warranty runs out. Would you not agree that having a home inspection at this time would be a good idea? Yes it would.
You are still in the warranty period from a 3rd party warranty after moving into older home.
You have just purchased an already built home. In many cases, a 3rd party home warranty may be purchased for 12 months covering many things about the home. Now, you are going into that 11th month of the warranty period with only 1 month remaining. You had a home inspection before you moved in. But, many things can change over a 12 month period. While still in your warranty period would be a good time to have another home inspection. This could give a visual sign of some issue that might need to be addressed. It could be very possible, if something is showing signs of repair needed and not repaired, it could cost thousands of dollars and detrimental in draining your bank account. Now would be a good time to schedule for a home inspection before your warranty runs out.
An inspection could help sell your home quicker.
You are selling your home. Many times the buyer will have a home inspection which could reveal some hazards, items broken, items not working, repairs needing attention. At this time, the negotiation and countering begins. This could cost valuable time in the process in selling your home, weeks or even months. In some cases, during the lengthy countering process, a buyer might back out of the deal because of stress or other reasons. It would make more sense for the seller to have a home inspection to reveal issues that might need taking care of before putting the home on the market. This could reduce the negotiation time and make a better experience in selling the home for everyone.  
In some cases, the negotiated repairs should be re-inspected.
Re-Inspection of repairs. It’s not uncommon to have your inspector return after repairs have been completed. Having the home inspector return for the pre-settlement walk through would be appropriate especially if the repairs have been done in the crawlspace, attic, or other areas hidden from general view. Sometimes buyers prefer (and/or would be better off) having an inspector verify that they were done correctly. Buyers should request receipts for any repairs done so they know who did them. They should require that certain types of repairs, (electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling) be done by licensed professionals. Have your agent ask for the invoices for the repairs and services done for documentation to ensure that the works were done according to your request. For added assurance, if you are not satisfied with the invoices as proof that the repairs were fixed correctly, and you are not comfortable assessing or evaluating the works or services yourself, you can bring your home inspector back to evaluate those repairs for you. Sometimes it’s not necessary as the repairs can clearly be judged by the buyer and their agent as either satisfactory or not.

Keep this in mind: The home inspector’s job is locate issues and not to warranty work or repairs.

YES. Hiring a home inspector before purchasing a new home, after or during a remodel could save you money and anxiety later down the road.

A home inspection is always a good investment for everyone.

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