What’s A Builder’s Warranty Inspection?


Nordic Inspections offers a builders warranty inspection for those in the surrounding areas of Fargo, Grand Forks, and Wahpeton, North Dakota as well as those in the surrounding areas of Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, and Dilworth, Minnesota.

A builder’s warranty inspection occurs near the conclusion of a new home’s warranty period, typically within the first year after construction. This inspection is sometimes referred to as a new construction warranty inspection or a one-year home warranty inspection.

The primary objectives of a builder’s warranty inspection are as follows:

  • Identify Defects: The inspector thoroughly examines the home’s various components and systems to uncover any defects, deficiencies, or issues that may have arisen since the initial construction.
  • Warranty Coverage: Builders frequently provide warranties for newly constructed homes, covering specific aspects like structural elements, mechanical systems, and workmanship. This inspection aids homeowners in recognizing and documenting any problems that fall within the builder’s warranty before the warranty period concludes.
  • Documentation: The inspection results in a comprehensive report detailing any identified issues. This report serves as crucial evidence for warranty claims and negotiations with the builder to address and resolve the identified problems.

A typical builder’s warranty inspection focuses on evaluating the structural integrity, plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), roofing, and other components of the home.

Conducting a builder’s warranty inspection is essential for homeowners to address potential issues while they remain within the coverage of the builder’s warranty. This proactive approach can help homeowners avoid unexpected expenses for necessary repairs. It ensures that the new home continues to maintain its quality and that any required repairs are promptly addressed.

A Builders Warranty Inspection includes, but is not limited to:

Roof Home Inspection. The inspector will enter the roof if the pitch is not too steep or covered with ice. Roof wear will be determined, as well as advice on how to get a longer life out of the roof. Gutters, downspouts, vents, skylights, flashings, and chimney will also be inspected and evaluated.

Heating & Cooling Systems. These will be tested and operated, inspected for proper installation. All heat sources will be inspected for proper operation and air flow.

Foundation & Structural. The foundation will be thoroughly inspected for cracks, bowing or other possible deficiencies along with recommendations for repairs. Other structural components such as joists, rafters, beams, and posts will be inspected for proper installation and condition.

Exterior Components. Driveway, grading, trim, siding, soffits, vents, deck, steps, electrical, windows, and doors will be inspected and evaluated for minor to major deficiencies.

Attic & Crawlspace. The inspector WILL ENTER the attic and crawlspace, and move around to look for leaks, rodents, electrical wiring, plumbing, proper ventilation and insulation as well as any structural issues.

Mold & Moisture. The inspector is an experienced and certified mold inspector and knows exactly where any mold growth could be present in the house. If the inspector suspects any moisture in the basement, he will not hesitate to pull the carpet in the corners, or even look behind the baseboards to find evidence of current of past moisture. The source of the problem will be located as well as advice for repairs.

Plumbing. Faucets, pipes, and drains will be inspected for leaks, condition, and proper installation. The water heater will be inspected for proper operation and installation.

Electrical. All outlets and lights will be inspected for correct installation and operation. Electrical panels will be thoroughly inspected for correct installation as well advice and recommendations regarding if the panel will meet the expectations for your future electrical needs.

Garage. Garage will be inspected for structural issues, electrical, proper operation and installation of overhead doors, and roof coverings.

Doors & Windows. All doors and windows will be operated and thoroughly inspected for condition and proper operation.

Appliances. All appliances will be operated for proper operation.

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