An 11-month warranty inspection is one that is done before the builder’s warranty expires. An 11-month inspection will identify those items that are the builders responsibility to correct and will list them out in an organized manner. This provides the builder an organized list that allows them to make those corrections quickly and efficiently disturbing you as little as possible. This list also provides you, the homeowner, the ability to ensure that what should be repaired, is repaired.
The inspection includes all of the inspection points of a home inspection for the purchase of a new home, with additional assessment in the interior of the home. The inspection will include:
Grading and Landscaping: Proper sloping for drainage of the lot, landscaping that will not affect the home.
Exterior: Cracks or mars on the exterior of the home, proper paint and caulk placement, widows and their installation, wall penetration seals, outside electrical outlets.
Roof: The roof is assessed for the condition of the tiles or shingles, proper flashings, sealed penetrations, functional means of shedding water off the roof and away from the structure, adequate venting.
Attic: Attic is checked for adequate insulation and leaked roofs, damaged trusses, consistent wall to roof attachments, etc.
Interior: Floors, walls, and ceilings are checked for signs of any leaking. Windows and doors are checked for function as well as security. Cabinetry is assessed for “square”.
Stairs: We will assess the construction of the stairs for general design and safety. Included in that will be the landings, the rail construction as well as the stair steps themselves.
Plumbing: We will assess the materials used for the plumbing throughout the home, for both water and gas. We will assess the water heating system, the major shut-off components, and each of the faucets in the home. We will also evaluate the showers, tubs, and toilets. And finally we will look at all of the venting systems and waste systems associated with the plumbing.
Electrical: We will assess the electrical service to the home and the main service panel itself. We will assess the circuitry that delivers power throughout the home. We will review all electrical safety devices that should be included (like AFCI, GFCI, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors).
HVAC: We will assess the condition and installation of the heating system, the cooling system and the controls for them. We will evaluate the venting, the ductwork, system intakes, and their overall function.
Appliances: We will also assess the condition of your new appliances including the range, ovens, hoods, microwave, refrigerators, freezers, disposals, trash compactors, wine refrigerators, etc.
Decks and Balconies: The decks and balconies will be assessed for how they were constructed and their safety. Safety is of particular concern on these elevated platforms.
Pools: We will also assess the condition of the surface materials of the pool, the safety features, the plumbing and the electrical specific to the pool.
Fireplaces: Solid-fuel (wood, coal, pellets, other), electric, or gas, we will evaluate the accessible parts of the fireplace including the firebox, the hearths, the lintel, the mantle, the damper, and the exterior of the chimney itself.