12 month warranty inspections – What are they & why are they so important?

12 Month Warranty Inspections

If you have recently built a brand new home, then you will know that you have a one-year maintenance warranty from the builder. That means you have just under one year to identify any issues in your new home so they can be fixed by the builder before the warranty has expired. 

Once the warranty expires, you will have to pay for any defects… Who wants to pay for repairs to a brand new house that they have just paid to have built?

What are they?

A 12 month warranty inspections is where an inspector conducts a full inspection (similar to the PCI at completion of the home), before the 12 month warranty on your new property runs out. It is really important to have a third party, impartial building inspector conduct these inspections, as a trained, licensed inspector will see things that you and I might miss. 

During the inspection, your inspector will evaluate all the components of your property to ensure they’re still functioning as they should be. It’s important to note that fair wear and tear on the property may not be covered by the builder’s maintenance warranty and they may identify issues that will need to be repaired by you or your tenant.

There are a large number of things that will be checked during the inspection. These include but are not limited to:

Plumbing Systems

Plumbing systems include taps, sinks, baths, showers, pipe systems, and exterior taps. Your inspector will check all of these to ensure they are working as intended without fault. 

Electrical Work

Whilst there are some things that are out of the scope for a building inspector, they will check light switches, fans, air conditioners and appliances switch on and operate. 

Flooring

Your inspector will check for any gaps, issues with grout missing in tiled areas or if there are any areas where the flooring is uneven.

Roofing & Guttering

All roofing and guttering will be checked from ground level for any visible defects. Items that might be noted on your report are dents in colourbond, over painted areas on guttering etc. 

Landscaping

Items assessed might include drainage and yard gully pits, fencing, garden bed edging, driveway cracking and the condition of the porch and alfresco areas.

It is important that if you’re living in your home and you identify any issues of concern with any party of the building within that first 12 months, you report them to us. If you have a tenant in place, they can report issues to your Property Manager, who will advise the Strike team.

This means we can keep a record of anything that’s reported and advise the inspector prior to the 12 month warranty inspection for him to check and note on his report for the builder. This protects your rights as the home owner and ensures nothing is missed, allowing you to take full advantage of your 12 month warranty.

What happens with the report?

Once the report has been received, we will send it off to the builder for their attention. They are required to rectify any items that are not considered ‘within tolerance’ in the QBCC Guidelines.

The Strike team will ensure that all items that should be tended to by the builder are complete and ensure you have peace of mind that you’re utilising your 12 month maintenance warranty effectively.

*Note: Some items may be considered fair wear and tear and may not be covered under warranty. Appliances like ovens, dishwashers and air conditioners hold their own warranty, so if repair is required to these items, this will be done under manufacturer’s warranty.

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