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Many states require builders to honor a “new home” warranty that protects the buyer against structural defects and poor construction practices.

Most new construction homeowners are entitled to at least a twelve-month warranty (check your local state laws for any mandated warranties). Anyone who has purchased a new construction home should strongly consider hiring us to perform a warranty inspection before the warranty expires, even if the home has already been inspected by a professional before. Why get another inspection done? Because homes are complex mechanical and structural systems, moving and changing constantly with the environment and living conditions – chances are new problems have developed since the home was last inspected and the best way to identify these issues is with our warranty inspection. We recommend having a warranty inspection performed after eleven months of living in your new home (eleven months from settlement). More often than not, we are able to find deficiencies that would be covered by the warranty. We provide a full report including multiple pictures that is delivered shortly after the inspection, giving you the resources and documentation to ask the builder make any necessary repairs. Hiring HomeKey Inspections to perform a warranty inspection is a great way to protect your investment and can save thousands in repairs down the road! This service is identical to a normal home inspection which consists of a full top to bottom inspection. The only difference is this inspection is not during a real estate transaction. Think new homes don’t have problems? Think again. Below you’ll find a sample report as well as pictures from warranty inspections we have performed in the past. Don’t leave your inspection to just any company: HomeKey Inspections, the Key to Knowing More™

Items that are inspected during a Warranty Inspection

Exterior

  • Driveway(s)
  • Walkway(s)
  • Steps/Stairs/Stoop
  • Grading
  • Exterior Drainage
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior Doors
  • Siding and Trim
  • Vents
  • Soffits
  • Masonry Components
  • Porch/Patio/Deck
  • Balcony
  • Safety Rails
  • Windows
  • Window Wells

Roof

  • Roof Covering
  • Gutters
  • Roof Flashing
  • Roof Hatch(es)
  • Valleys
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Roof Vent(s)
  • Vent Collars
  • Skylight(s)
  • Chimney(s)
  • Chimney Crown/Cap

Garage

  • Garage Door(s)
  • Walls & Ceiling
  • Floor/Slab
  • Door Auto Reverse
  • Door Photo Eyes
  • Service Door
  • Fire Separation

Interior

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Trim
  • Doors
  • Closet Doors
  • Windows
  • Fireplace(s)
  • Bathroom-Tile/Wall Protection
  • Bathroom – Shower Surround
  • Bathroom – Shower Pan
  • Interior Insulation
  • Attic Insulation
  • Attic Ventilation
  • Steps and Stairways
  • Balconies and Railings
  • Tempered/Safety Glass
  • Smoke/CO Detectors
  • Skylight(s)
  • Counters/Cabinets/Shelves
  • Attic Hatch
  • Attic Pull Down Stairs

Structure

  • Foundation Walls
  • Footers (if visible)
  • Floor/Slab
  • Seepage/Dampness
  • Sump Pump(s)
  • Crawlspace
  • Framing
  • Masonry Walls
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Columns, Piers, or Posts
  • Structural Steel
  • Chimney

Kitchen

  • Range
  • Wall Oven
  • Cooktop
  • Exhaust Fan
  • Range Hood
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposer
  • Microwave
  • Sink
  • Countertops
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers/Doors

Electrical

  • Electric Panel
  • Sub Panel
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Circuits/Cables
  • Service Entry Cable
  • Drop Cable
  • Weatherhead
  • Overhead Cables
  • Meter/Meter Base
  • Ground
  • Receptacles
  • GFCI Protection
  • Switches/Dimmers
  • Junction Boxes
  • Light Fixtures
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bathroom Fans
  • Door Bell

HVAC

  • Furnace
  • Combustion Air
  • Flue/Exhaust Vent
  • Safety Controls
  • Heat Pump
  • Condensing Unit
  • Refrigerant Lines
  • Air Handler
  • Evaporator Coil
  • Condensate Drain Lines
  • Condensate Pan
  • Condensate Pump
  • Condensate Secondary
  • Filter
  • Ductwork/Plenum
  • Air Registers
  • Returns
  • Thermostat
  • Boiler
  • Boiler Piping
  • Radiators

Plumbing

  • Water Heater
  • Water Heater Flue
  • Pipes and Fittings
  • Drain/Waste/Vent
  • Drain(s)
  • Drain Pop-Up
  • Faucets
  • Fixtures
  • Valve(s)
  • Toilet(s)
  • Bathtub(s)
  • Whirlpool Tub
  • Hose Bib(s)
  • Washer Machine
  • Washer Pan
  • Dryer
  • Bath Vents
  • Water Flow/Pressure
  • Gas Meter
  • Gas Pipe