New Home Warranties Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

Most items on and in your new home are covered for the first year against defects due to workmanship and materials. Here is some information that is fairly standard in the local market regarding what is covered. Consult your builder for their exact policies and procedures.

There are also manufacturers’ warranties on most of the products used to create your home that exceed your home builders one-year limited warranty. The following items may be responsibility of the homeowner to maintain and are NOT covered under the builder's warranties.

  • Hairline cracks in concrete
  • Air-conditioning maintenance (refer to Air Conditioning)
  • Landscaping: trees, shrubs, and grass need proper care to ensure their health and survival (water, fertilizer, pruning, etc.) and are subject to forces of nature (heat, cold, etc).  As builders cannot supervise the performance of necessary care and cannot control the weather, builders can not warranty the landscaping around your home.
  • Landscape Curbing: due to the natural heaving of the ground during hot and cold cycle transitions, cracking of your concrete landscape curbing is unavoidable and therefore not covered under warranty. Control joints (grooves in the curbing) have been installed in order to provide a place for the curbing to crack where it will be less noticeable.
  • Pest Infestation/Damage: rodents, insects, etc. are a part of the natural world and may, in some cases attempt to share your new home with you. Pest control is a homeowner responsibility and is not covered under warranty.

Warranty service is not designed to handle “cosmetic” or “maintenance” items. All cosmetic items should be resolved prior to closing on the home. Maintenance items are the responsibility of the homeowner.

The one-year warranty is normally extended only to the original homeowner and is not transferable to any subsequent homeowner. Some builders may take care of issues anyway but you will need to talk to your builder for clarification.

Also, it is in your best interest to report all conditions covered by a warranty in a timely manner. Excessive damage created by delay or failure to report a problem may end up causing you more grief then necessary.

Warranty requests should be submitted in writing so that there is a trail of communication.

In case of an emergency, you may contact the appropriate sub-contractor directly. Contact information for these contractors can be found on the stickers located on your furnace or water heater. Examples of emergencies include:

Plumbing leaks
Gas leaks
Total loss of air-conditioning during the summer
Total loss of heat during the winter

Posted by tlangford at 11/16/2017 9:20:00 PM
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