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7 Reasons Why 11th-month Warranty Inspection is Important

Buying a new home is absolutely fun and exciting and to some, it can be a major life event. In all the excitement and joy every homeowner feels, Kern River Home Inspections believes that it is just as important to protect your valuable investment. Here are 7 reasons why 11th-month warranty inspection is important:

 

1.    Newly-constructed homes have 1-year builder’s warranty. That means the builder is typically responsible for defects found in your home before the warranty expires. If you schedule a home inspection to be performed before the 1-year warranty expires, the builder will be liable to any defects discovered at the time of the inspection under the warranty period. Identifying potential problems, repairs and deficiencies during the first year is much better than suffering substantial damages later on.

2.    Most homeowners think that a newly-built home is a perfect home, but even with new homes, things can go wrong. With homes old and new, there will always be a few items in less than perfect condition. As one of the best home inspection companies in Kern County, Kern River Home Inspections has experienced home inspectors who will inspect your home meticulously, giving you a comprehensive report with photos and a list of recommended repairs as well as information on any defects observed at the time of the inspection, ready for presentation to your builder during the warranty period. 

3.    Even homes built by the best builders will always have problems along the way. Besides, most builders contract the work out to various subcontractors, so it’s really hard to tell if everything in your house is of top quality. With so many separate activities going on at the same time, it’s absolutely impossible for the builder to closely monitor all stages of home construction.

4.    Some homeowners don’t agree with the need of a professional home inspection during the first year of purchase simply because of the fact that the house has been built “according to standards” and that their home was inspected by municipal building inspectors or building code compliance inspectors. To tell you the truth, these inspectors only spend a couple of minutes at each property inspection. Due to time constraints, it’s not guaranteed that your home was 100% inspected. With 11th-month warranty home inspection services offered by Kern River Home Inspections, rest assured that your home will be inspected with such precision from the dark corners of your attic down to your crawlspace and on every inch of your home.

5.    Believe it or not, some defects go undetected until a home is lived in. Yes, you may have found some evident defects. However, what you should be concerned about are the hidden ones. To the untrained eye, these construction errors are not always in plain sight. It takes a professional to identify structural problems or other hidden defects on your home. Certified home inspectors at Kern River Home Inspections know exactly what to do and what to examine in order to determine areas of repair to be submitted to the builder before the 1-year warranty mark go by.

6.    A comprehensive inspection report provided by a top home inspection company like Kern River Home Inspections will give homeowners in Kern County, especially in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest and Tehachapi areas a legal leverage with your builder in case defects aren’t repaired in a satisfactory manner.

7.    Getting an 11th-month warranty inspection will help you save thousands of dollars in repairs caused by faulty construction or poor craftsmanship. As long as the property is still under 1-year builder’s warranty, the builder will be held responsible for repair costs. Having your home inspected before the 1-year warranty mark go by is a wise investment not only to make sure that your home is secure but also to save you from future costly repairs.

 

Kern River Home Inspections provides home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County. Call now to schedule an 11th-month warranty inspection. For inquiries, you can contact us at 661-205-9172 or you can find us online at bakersfieldinspections.com.

 

 

This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercialinspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

Common Defects Found in New Home Construction

Theoretically speaking, new houses should be free from any defects, but contrary to what most of us think, newly-built homes don’t guarantee that no problems will arise. Sometimes, minor things go unnoticed, while major things have been overlooked. You might be wondering, “What could possibly go wrong with a brand new house?” To the untrained eye, these construction errors are not always in plain sight. Here are some of the common defects our experienced professional inspectors at Kern River Home Inspections often find:

 

Grading– One of the most common problems seen in new homes in Ridgecrest and Bakersfield areas is improper grading. Landscaping and grading should always be taken into consideration, not just for a beautiful appearance of your home, but also to keep the foundation dry.  The grade should slope away from the home, not towards it so that the surface water will flow away from the home and foundation. Improper grading allows the water to pool near the house, causing the moisture to flow back towards the home and seep into the soil. Over time, water intrusion in the basement and crawlspace can result in substantial damages and expensive repairs.

Exterior Defects – These include exterior bricks, stucco, vinyl, and siding. To be considered a defect, cracks in the exterior walls have to be 1/8” to ¼” of an inch wide. Some of the common defects seen are improper clearance between the stucco weep screed and the grade or settling cracks on stucco or bricks.

Windows – Improperly installed windows often lead to moisture build-up and mold formation. Water might leak around the windows and even into the wall, which can cause bigger problems and costly repairs if left undetected.

Roofing Issues – Faulty roofing is a common area of defect seen during an 11-month warranty inspection in a new home construction. Sometimes, shingles are found to be incorrectly installed. Other problems seen are improper perimeter nailing of concrete roofing tiles, roof leaks, defective/no flashings, nail pops and no ventilation installed, which can cause premature deterioration of roof.

Plumbing Problems – Plumbing issues are something that shouldn’t be ignored or overlooked. Leaks can cause serious damages and mold problems, which can be absolutely hazardous to our health. Some of the defects commonly seen by our home inspectors include hot and cold reversed water supply lines, leaking fixtures, dripping faucets, slow or clogged drains, toilets not secure or leaks into the subfloor, improperly glued PVC pipe connections, etc. These issues should be addressed as soon as possible to save you from spending thousands of dollars on repairs.

Electrical Safety Issues – Electrical concerns are probably the most prevalent defects or complaints found in homes old or new. These defects should be taken seriously, for most of them are a fire and/or a safety hazard. Examples of electrical concerns in a new home construction to watch out for are improperly wired outlets, outlets which should be GFCI protected but were not, reversed polarity, missing switch plates or receptacle covers, receptacles or switches that don’t work, etc.

 

No house is perfect. Even homes built by the best builders will always have a few items in less than perfect condition. It’s always better to identify these construction deficiencies before it’s too late! A top home inspection company like Kern River Home Inspections offers 11th month warranty inspection for homeowners who are living in newly-constructed homes as they near the end of their 1-year builder’s warranty period. This service provided by our best home inspectors will certainly give you the peace of mind you deserve. Contact Kern River Home Inspections TODAY at bakersfieldinspections.com or you can call or text 661-205-9172.

 

This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

11th Month Warranty Inspection

We can all agree that building a home is in everyone’s bucket list. Most of you probably have spent a couple of years, for some, their entire childhood, thinking about how your dream home would look like. As exciting and fulfilling as it is, it is also very important to protect your dream home without costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs caused by faulty construction or poor craftsmanship.

What most homeowners of newly-constructed homes don’t know is that their homes are covered with a one-year home warranty that’s either backed by the builder or purchased by the builder from independent companies that assume responsibility of certain claims. The builder’s warranty practically covers material and workmanship issues. Most homeowners may think that a newly-built home is a perfect home, but even with new homes, things can go wrong. That’s where we come into play.

Kern River Home Inspections offers 11th Month Warranty Inspection to areas in Kern River County, especially in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi and Kern River Valley. Homeowners can absolutely benefit from using a professional home inspection before the builder’s warranty expires. The primary goal of this service is to identify obvious and hidden defects in your home and to help our clients in preventing substantial damages and the possibility of future costly repairs. With the top home inspection company like Kern River Home Inspections, our experienced home inspectors will inspect your home meticulously, giving you a comprehensive report with photos and a list of recommended repairs as well as information on any defects observed at the time of the inspection, ready for presentation to your builder during the warranty period.

Don’t let that one-year mark go by without a full evaluation while you are still under warranty. Contact Kern River Home Inspections TODAY at bakersfieldinspections.com or you can call or text 661-205- 9172.

 

This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercialinspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

The battle of the water heaters

Saunas

A sauna is a small room designed to increase body temperature through heat and humidity. People of Bakersfield use them therapeutically as the heat make a giant contribution to the bodys relaxation.
 
There are two different styles of saunas— conventional and infrared saunas.
 
Conventional saunas warm the air while infrared saunas directly warm the occupants andother objects. In California, sauna facilities are normally provided at hotels and health clubs but it is also present within a number of homes in Kern county. Kern River Home Inspections makes sure that saunas are of highest quality to assure that it will not only offer the people of Kern maximum health benefits, but that it should stand the test of time.
 
The most important features of saunas that should be checked are as follows:
 
1. Ventilation - It seems to be the most overlooked feature of a sauna. While a sauna usually vents outside the building, this is not required for residential saunas. There should be an upper and lower vent to take care of the proper air exchange. This is essential so bacteria and fungi do not grow as fast and destroy wood grain.
 
2. Wood type - We highly recommend using wood like Aspen and Spruce. These kinds of wood are considered the most non-allergenic wood which means more people can enjoy
the sauna without irritating most respiratory condition. Also, as what we always advise
sauna owners in Bakersfield, the woods must be able to breathe, therefore, you should not use sealants and coatings that might break down and release harmful gases.
 
Benches and brackets should be made with lumber free of knots. Metal screwheads
should not be exposed as it conducts heat and could burn bare skin.
 
3. Doors - They should be sealed and insulated. It should not be equipped with a latch so a user should be able to push his way out easily in case he or she is in distress.
 
4. Electrical Wirings should be ableto withstand moisture and high temperatures.
 
5. Floor should not be made out of carpet since its a fire-hazard and can also deteriorate
from the heat. Concrete floor and tiles are highly recommended! 
 
A sauna can be a nice addition to your wonderful home. It is proven to relieve stress, burn calories and improve cadiovascular performance of your family. Kern River Home Inspections suggests that it is best to have it regularly inspected to check if there are some factors that can cause your family harm.
 
This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercialinspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield andall of Kern County.

Tankless Water Heaters

Most homes in Bakersfield have a standard water heater consists of the regular large cylindrical storage tank. Controlled by an electrical thermostat, cold water is heated by electrical elements or a gas-fired burner located inside the tank. Heaters with tanks are affordable, readily available and easy to install though it has a few disadvantages.
 
People of Kern County will probably agree that the biggest drawback in using a tank-style water heater is that the heater is working and using energy regardless if you are using hot water or not. Also, there is limitesupply, hence, it struggles to supply enough hot water if there are multiple users at a time. Another drawback is it usually takes a bit of space if you use a large storage tank and that could be a problem for houses that are not spacious enough.
 
On the other hand, the water heater shuts down as soon as the hot water tap is turned off when youre using a tankless water heater. Since there is no need to store water, tankless water heaters only heats water when you need it to. It is so much energy and cost-efficient especially for big families in Kern county who would often need hot water primarily for bathing. Also, tanklesswater heaters are compact and space-saving. You dont even need to maintain a storage tank. Not even half of the population of Bakersfield is aware of this fact -- but tankless heaters have service life twice as long as the standard water heaters!
 
Though you should know that tankless water heaters are more expensive and it costs more to have it installed and are also costlier to repair but despite these downsides, Kern River Home Inspections believes that it is the most energy-efficient and the smartest way to produce hot water.
 
This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.
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