In general terms, every new home in Kentucky has a one-year warranty by the builder covering defects in workmanship or materials. Builders also frequently purchase additional warranties to cover their liability and to use as marketing tools. These additional home warranties are very specific about what they cover and many warranty contracts stipulate that the original one-year warranty is replaced by the new home warranty.
Your new home is probably the single largest investment of your life!
You should make every effort to understand your warranty and protect your investment. Defects in new homes fall into several categories. Among these are, obvious material and workmanship defects, and hidden material and workmanship defects. You have probably taken care of both obvious defect categories. Appliances that do not function correctly and cosmetic issues are two of the most common. The defects that are more difficult to see are the ones that should concern you. Improper wiring, small exterior openings where moisture seeps in and poor drainage are among the most common.
It’s All About Time!
Over time, many hidden defects cause substantial damage to homes. Improper drainage can damage foundations leading to structural problems. Small exterior leaks can lead to mold, termites and other wood destroying organisms. Electrical problems often remain unnoticed until ZAP! and someone is injured or worse.
Your real problem is that these issues frequently take longer than one year to show up! By then, either your warranty has expired or you re into limited coverage and deductibles. You need to document issues and have repairs made during the warranty period!
Hidden defects frequently have symptoms of their existence. We use our knowledge of new construction techniques to recognize the probability of issues. Once recognized, we focus in on those systems for further review. We do not claim to be able to find everything hidden from the homeowner, but we’ll find most of it and give you an education as we go!
Strengthen Your Position
Documenting the condition of your home with an independent inspector gives you a legal advantage in the event repairs are not completed.
Contacting Your Builder
We always suggest homeowners start with a non-registered letter to their builder. Explain the situation and that you expect timely repairs. Move to registered letters and other steps as necessary, being careful to allow time for communication and repairs during the warranty period.
Schedule Your Inspection Now!
Your inspection should be in months eight through ten of your first year. This allows the maximum time for issues to arise and time for builder repairs during the warranty period. If you have any questions about warranty inspections, just give our office a call. You will not run into any high-pressure sales tactics, just honest, informative answers to your questions. We’ll are pleased to assist you.