Cliff Willis of Home Inspection Solutions and I tag-teamed a 4000sf Fort Worth home today. An 11th-month warranty Home Inspection allows the homeowner to find out and report to their builder any major deficiencies that the 12-month builder warranty will take care of before it expires. This is a growing trend in the Home Inspector/Real Estate industry. It may not always reveal a major deficiency, but definitely provides peace of mind.
In today's case, the homeowners had us come out and inspect the house for their peace of mind. It's a good thing they were on top of their warranty and didn't brush it off. What we found today was an upstairs gas furnace that was inoperable. Sure, they would have been fine until the end of the year when they would have started up the heat for the first time just to find out their furnace doesn't work in the upstairs kids room, theater room, kids school work area, and playroom. This would have been a phone call to an HVAC (Heating and Air Conditioning) company to repair or replace the furnace when it was already cold and would have cost them quite a bit of $$$. For the minor cost of an inspection today, they are now able to include that fix in the builder warranty instead of coming out of pocket to an HVAC company that would have cost MUCH more than the inspection cost today in July.
Adding to that we found other minor items now that would have in the long run caused foundation issues that would have cost them thousands in just a year or two!
If you're purchasing a home from a builder, hire a Searchers as your home inspector for your phase building inspection so that each phase of the building gets inspected properly by a third party to prevent mistakes (and builders ALWAYS make mistakes).
Then hire an inspector in the 11th month of your home builder warranty. You'll be glad you did!
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