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What Is a One-Year Home Warranty Inspection

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Almost all home purchases will include a 1 year home warranty for the buyer. This home warranty will cover all major/costly issues that may arise in a home. But what if you are not aware of the issue until after the warranty expires? You are out of luck unless you got a home warranty inspection!

Many new home buyers do not realize the importance of a home warranty inspection because it’s just not something we really think about. However, getting a home inspection before the one-year expiration of your home warranty will help you identify anything that needs to be replaced or repaired so you can make a claim before your coverage ends.

It’s essential to get all the repairs and safety hazards well documented by a knowledgeable and professional home inspector at least a month before your home warranty company terminates the warranty period.

In this blog, we will discuss why you should get a home warranty inspection and what you should get checked before the home warranty expires.

​​What Is The 1-Year Home Warranty Inspection?

The 1-year home warranty inspection is a guarantee from your builder that your home is safe and free of defects. If there are any adjustments or repairs that need to be made within the first 12 months of owning your home, the contractor covers the cost. While you technically have one year to get this inspection done, we highly recommend that you do it before your one year is up.

Why You Should Get A Home Warranty Inspection Done

  • It helps you identify defects that you would have never known about, so you can get them repaired, at little or no out-of-pocket cost, while your home is still under warranty.
  • Having a good document, and professional report with pictures makes it easier for you to inform the warranty company about the repairs needed.
  • It helps you identify small defects that may eventually turn in expensive repairs in the near future. The cost of warranty repairs was basically paid for when you purchased your home. You have essentially already paid for these repairs.
  • Last but not the least, the cost of the inspection is nothing compared to the potential cost of repairs that will still be covered in your warranty.

Now, after learning why getting a home warranty inspection is important, let’s go over what should get checked during a home warranty inspection.

The Home Warranty Inspection Checklist

The primary goal of a home warranty inspection is to provide a detailed report (after a thorough inspection) that lists all the items that are not performing or operating properly, as well as any safety threats.

  • Heating & Central Air Conditioning Systems
  • Lighting
  • Plumbing Connections & Fittings
  • Insulation
  • Electrical Outlets, Wiring & Panels
  • Attic
  • Windows & Doors
  • Floors
  • Drywall, Walls & Ceilings
  • Roofing
  • Fireplace & Chimneys
  • Gutters & Downspouts
  • Drainage
  • Decks & Wood Structures
  • Foundation
  • Appliances

Why Schedule 1-Year Home Warranty Inspection?

Taking advantage of your builder’s 1-year warranty ensures that your home is safe and sound for you to live in. Additionally, anything that’s noted in the inspection as requiring repair will be at no cost to you and could be a lot less expensive for the contractor to fix. If you choose to let your warranty expire, you will be stuck footing the bill for repairs. Furthermore, a private inspector is likely to uncover issues that weren’t listed in the municipal report when your home was completed. Private inspectors tend to be more thorough and detailed with their reports, so you know exactly what needs fixing and what kind of home repairs could be coming down the line. 

Call Us Today!

If it’s time to schedule your 1-year warranty inspection, then let Pine Breeze Inspection be there for you. Our team of licensed professionals will uncover any hidden damage and causes for concern, and will make detailed recommendations for repairs that you can hand over to the builder with confidence. We also offer new construction and pre-listing inspections for residents throughout Colorado. Request your quote by calling today at 719-748-6894.