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It's Time For Your 11th Month Warranty Inspection

Updated: Feb 10

11th month home warranty inspection
Timing is important for your builder's warranty inspection

The Importance of an 11th Month/One Year Home Warranty Inspection

This service is provided to new home buyers at the end of their first-year builder warranty period and is often referred to as an 11th month inspection or 1-year warranty inspection. It's performed to discover any deficiencies which may be covered by the builder's guarantee. A builder's warranty is often relevant for the first year. Typically, builders in the Carolinas are responsible for a wider variety of concerns during the first 12 months. Many problems or issues that would be covered by the builder's one-year guarantee go unnoticed until it's too late. That's why scheduling this important service one month prior to the expiration of the warranty is vital to protecting your investment. Only a small percentage of homeowners are trained on what to look for and how to examine for these potential and typical defects. Our 11th month inspection can potentially save you lots of money and headaches later down the road.

If you've just moved into a newly constructed home, you'll want to double-check that it's structurally sound. Schedule your 11-month warranty inspection with Bannon Home Inspections to save time and money in the long run. Don't forget about your warranty, or you'll miss out on the chance to have your builder fix any defects.

​Why should I even consider a warranty inspection?

There can be evidence of system or component dysfunction, unexpected wear and settling after a new home has been lived in for over a year, which typically go unreported by the homeowner. After a few months in their new house, most new homeowners find that not everything is perfect. Building a new home necessitates a massive number of supplies, labor, and construction procedures. With so many different pieces, it's inevitable that problems may arise within the first year of occupancy, some of which may be unrecognized. Bannon Home Inspections will produce a list of recommended repairs and you can take this list directly to your builder. Our inspection reports point you to the right professionals to further evaluate items for repair. You can then work with your builder and contractors to restore your home to "like new" condition. Most importantly, this inspection provides documentation that allows you to hold builders accountable to their warranty.

What do we look for in a home warranty inspection?

We treat this inspection like a standard residential home inspection. We perform a complete and comprehensive inspection of your property. Here are some items we check and a few of the most common finds on this type of inspection:

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim

  • Gutters and downspouts

  • Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations

  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings

  • Eaves, soffits, and fascia

  • Grading and drainage

  • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace

  • Water penetration and foundation movement

  • Heating system (HVAC)

  • Cooling system (HVAC)

  • Main water shut-off valve

  • Water heating system

  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets

  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats

  • Electrical service line and meter box

  • Main disconnect and service amperage

  • Electrical panels, breakers, and fuses

  • GFCIs and AFCIs

  • Fireplace damper door and hearth

  • Insulation and ventilation

  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers

  • And much more

Often our home inspectors find a lot more deficiencies than one would think for a relatively new home.

Here’s the actions you can take after our inspection and receiving your report

Did the builder call to remind you that your home warranty was about to expire? While some are great and do, most don’t provide this courtesy. That's because the builder is usually responsible for repairs found prior to the 1-year warranty period. Hence, the 11-month inspection, enabling homeowners to have enough time to order the inspection and present the results to the builder for repair before the warranty expires. This service works so well, that most new homeowners are amazed with our findings and will refer us to their neighbors. With us by your side, it’s easier to prove whether the damage you might or might not have noticed—and we have established—is indeed the builder’s fault. Our easy to read, full home inspection report we provide you with will serve as a basis for you to work with your builder, or subcontractors, to correct their mistakes.

What’s the cost of a warranty home inspection?

Pricing for this service starts at just $350 and is based on square footage. Our instant quote calculator can give you an immediate estimate on the cost of your inspection based on the size of your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late, schedule your warranty inspection online today or give us a call at (704) 776-3659. A little money out of pocket now could help save you a lot down the road. Get the peace of mind of protecting one of your largest investments for years to come.

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