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Many states, including Virginia and Maryland, require new construction houses to come with a warranty that protects the buyer against structural defects and poor construction practices.

Virginia buyers, unless the builder specifically sold the house “As-Is”, are entitled to a twelve-month warranty whereas Maryland buyers have a more extensive warranty. For most properties, we recommend having a Pre-Settlement inspection done before moving in so we have the best chance at identifying deficiencies before the home is full with furniture and personal belongings. It is also advantageous to have a pre-settlement inspection as it reduces the stress of living in a home while repairs are taking place. After the pre-settlement inspection, we recommend a warranty inspection at the eleven-month mark of the settlement date. Why perform both inspections? Some deficiencies may not be visible at the pre-settlement but, as the house is lived in and all the systems are operated, some deficiencies (which were previously not visible) may surface over time. More often than not, we are able to find deficiencies that would be covered by the warranty at both inspections. Please note: Although they have different names, both the pre-settlement inspection and the warranty inspection are the exact same inspection process (which is a full home inspection) We provide a full report including multiple pictures that is delivered shortly after the inspection, giving you the resources and documentation to have the builder make any necessary repairs. Hiring Excel Inspections to perform a warranty inspection is a great way to protect your investment and can save thousands in repairs down the road! These services are 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.

Items that are inspected during a  Pre Settlement / 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