Real estate

Builder’s Warranty Versus Home Inspection

Many house builders will convince the buyer that there is no need to inspect the house in the new house. The builder even hangs a carrot in front of the buyer, who is likely to experience a cash crisis, offering a one-year warranty at home. Now stop and think about it. If the builder is confident that the house is properly built and the project is completed, why is he so worried that an independent housing inspector passes through the property? In my experience, the answer is simple: the builder knows that problems will be found, and almost always these problems will require the builder’s team to return to the site for changes or repairs.

 It is worth the time and money of the builder.

Understand this: a builder makes a living by moving his team to new jobs, ending and selling these homes. The builder has no financial benefit if you need to stay at any job. Therefore, it is likely that the conclusions and recommendations for the repair of the internal inspector will slow down the work of the developer, making it necessary to send a team to a previously completed project. Obviously, the builder does not like it! I always remember that my client is a buyer, not a builder. Understanding that, I always recommend that my clients get a home inspection by a competent residential home inspector, who is also a licensed pest control structural inspector. I want problems to be identified and repaired before closing both old and new houses.

Without going into too many details, these are some of the complications associated with developer’s as a replacement for a proper home inspection. In my market, many of the problems found in new homes are hidden and will not manifest as problems until, in the future, probably more than a year. For example, people do not enter their places for bypass, and significant stagnant water in the space for bypass is one of the most common problems with new designs.

From the first day, when this water evaporates, it will lead to excess moisture in the structural wood, insulation and even inside the house. Over time, this is likely to attract organisms that destroy wood, such as rot or even wood-destroying insects, which favor wet environments. Excessive moisture is a major factor in the possible growth of mold in the scanning area or even inside the house or walls. However, if at some point there is no stagnant smell or any obvious hint, this problem will not be identified or even noticed by the average owner. Make no mistake, the problem will be announced, but it can happen in a couple of years. Many other serious problems found in new homes are also usually found in the scanning area: dirt accumulates around the poles and other rotting structural forests; Plumbing pipes that leak or merge, which are not connected to the system, which can be unpleasant.

The only thing you can count on is that in a year, if the buyer does not find and report problems, the builder will not go home and will not look for problems. As a security measure, some people, eleven months after the move, hired a housing inspector to find problems to inform the builder at the eleventh hour. The problem with this is related to “influence.” Before closing, the buyer has a lot of power when he has control over the hundreds of thousands of dollars that a builder wants. After closing circumstances change circumstances, and the developer has the money and influence.


In fact, I know the situation when the buyer, after a year, completely ignored the builder, despite the fact that he was really concerned. This particular builder knew that, although there were legal problems that were exacerbated, it was unlikely that the buyer would spend money on filing a lawsuit. In the case known to me, the buyer was told, before closing, that a one-year Builders Warranty was provided for the builder. Eleven months later, when the home inspector reported standing water in the bypass space, the owner could not find anything in writing to support his understanding that there was a guarantee for the builder. The designer did not respond to requests for repair. This scenario can lead to lawsuits that involve the parties to a disaster that should have little or no fault of the dispute, such as real estate agents or companies.

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