Have you recently had a new home built?
If so, take advantage of a service we offer to new construction homeowners. Most builders offer a new construction one-year warranty which covers many aspects of repair and replacement throughout the house.
Now more than ever, homeowners of new construction properties are taking advantage of having a professional home inspection to assist in discovering unforeseen problems affecting their home. We understand it is typical for various items within your home to change over a year’s time. Whether it is a structural, mechanical or cosmetic issue, it is common for them to develop in a recently built home.
We will work with you to determine whether any of these warranted issues have developed. In turn, a comprehensive, easy-to-read report detailing my findings is prepared for you to provide to your builder the day of your final walk-through inspection. It is then typically the builder’s responsibility to ensure that the items needing remedy will be dealt with appropriately.
Another reason to have a new construction warranty inspection is to receive helpful home maintenance and cost-saving tips regarding various systems throughout the home including air quality and mold inspections too. Learning how to apply these techniques is important and can help minimize future problems or costly repairs. When you consider the investment you have made in your new home, a professional home inspection is a relatively inexpensive safeguard. We believe your investment in a new construction one-year home warranty inspection will prove to be of significant value.
Home inspections are called as such because they are conducted by trained and certified inspectors, not just by your local handyman or carpenter. Their knowledge surpasses that of assessing the conditions the different parts of the home, but also extends to the understanding of certain laws and regulations about building codes. Their overall inspection will help you as a homeowner decide whether you should buy the property or not.
If you or any of your friends are in the process of buying a house, you may want to make use of the following tips when looking for a certified inspector in our company.
No one becomes an expert on home inspections overnight. It takes years of experience and highly specialized training. Therefore, the first thing you should check is the how many years the inspector has been inspecting homes. The inspector assigned to your property should have experience with your type of home. Are you buying a single family residence or is it a condominium? Perhaps you are looking at a mobile home or manufactured property. Ask the inspector to provide you with a sample report of the same type of home that they have inspected in the past.
2. Certifications, Credentials, and Licenses
When speaking with a home inspection company, always ask for copies of their certifications and licenses. Anyone can claim that they are a certified inspector, but if there are no documents to back that up, then be wary. You can also check if they belong to a local home inspection association. These associations require inspectors to maintain a working knowledge of the latest building code. By testing their members regularly on industry standards, homeowners are more likely to receive an inspector who knows what they are talking about and what to look for when inspecting properties of all types.
3. Sample of Report and Inspection Checklist
The reports made after our home inspections often consist of 40 or more pages. Particularly, this is because inspectors make sure that every detail is recorded for the future homeowner’s benefit. If the sample given to you has less than ten pages in it, then consider that as a red flag. Chances are, their inspectors do their jobs in a hurry and are not very detailed in their observations. To probe further, ask for a copy of the inspection checklist. It should include structural and mechanical components of the home. The plumbing system and electrical wirings should be there. Make sure they will be providing a mold inspection and termite inspection as part of their home inspection services.
4. Length of Inspection
When the inspector comes to your home, ask how long it would take him to do the job. In particular, this will vary depending on the size of the home, but it should at least take about three to four hours. If the inspector is done after an hour, then you should be concerned because he may have done it in haste and has likely overlooked some defects.
During the hiring process, select an inspector that communicates well. After all, you are going to have many questions so you will want someone who responds professionally and knows how to articulate your home’s issues. If it takes them several days to answer a simple query, then they may be as slow in providing you with the results later on or with accommodating your complaints, if you ever have one. Efficient property inspectors can often provide a report the day of the inspection.
6. Builder 1-year Warranty Inspection
Finally, a good home inspection service must offer a warranty to the client. This warranty can be valid for 1-year and, obviously, the lengthier, the better. This will ensure that the inspector did his job seriously or he will be liable for any repairs that will transpire due to damages that he failed to report. These inspectors usually have an error and omission insurance that will cover this, although some will ask the client to sign a waiver to limit their liability. For your protection and to ensure that you are getting good value for the service that you hired, go with our inspection company that offers the best warranty.
Use these tips when you are looking for companies that will provide home inspections for you or for the people you know. This guide is a surefire way to ensure that you get the best professional out there.