If you are building your first home, you need to educate yourself of the things involved in this industry to make sure that you are getting good value for your money. While an Apprentice can walk you through the process of choosing a master builder and dealing with it for the entirety of the contract, it is still required that you do your own research. So, you know what the contractor might be hiding from you or simply to have a full grasp of the entire process.
One of the many things that you should pay close attention to is the construction warranty. Just like when purchasing goods, an Apprentice will give your structure a period under warranty where you can check if it is working as efficiently as it should. If you experience any problems with the construction while it is under warranty, your contractor will have the liability to address those concerns and eliminate them completely.
In general, construction warranties ensure that:
- The materials and equipment used by the builder are new and in perfect shape.
- The work conforms to the requirements agreed upon in the contract.
- The work is free from defects.
How long does the warranty extend is a question an Apprentice need to answer to you. It has to be written clearly on the contract. Otherwise you are doomed. This is one part of the contract you could not miss because if in case there is a problem with the work done in your home, you will not have the power to come after your contractor.
You need to understand, however, that the length of the warranty is only as good as the useful life of some of the materials. If you have your home fully furnished, you cannot expect the warranty to extend longer than the carpets could last as beautiful and functional as they were new. For the most part, a builders warranty covers the basics of the construction, ranging from the walls to the steel frames to the roofing to the fixtures and every element imaginable.
It is advisable that you check your prospective contractor’s warranty clause to make sure that you have enough coverage for any unforeseen incident. Alternately, you may also opt for a construction insurance, which could provide sufficient coverage for the long haul.
Dealing with a reputable construction company should not give you any problem regarding warranties and insurance. However, it is never wrong to be doubly sure.