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The Facts About Your 1-Year Warranty Home Inspection: An Interview with Chuck Fehr of C & J Home Inspections

By Chuck Fehr

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

C & J Home Inspections is a family owned and operated company. We are fully insured and carry error and omissions insurance and general liability insurance. We maintain at least 30 continuing education credits annually.

The founder of our company, Chuck Fehr, is a graduate of American Home Inspectors Training and he is a Certified CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) CCI, ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) ACI inspector and a certified member of the Tile Roof Institute. Chuck has had over 20 years of experience in the home improvement industry. Chuck has also been a 2-term CREIA Golden Gate Chapter President.

Our inspection reports conform to the CREIA Standards of Practice. Our reports are narrative and include photographs. Our inspections are very thorough and our reports are easy to read. Our average home inspection takes about three hours, depending on the size and condition of the home, and we can usually email the report to you the next day. We offer flexible scheduling so that we can accommodate your schedule. Our goal is to give you peace of mind in your home buying decision.

What does a 1-year warranty inspection for new homes cover?

It covers the same things that a standard home inspection would cover. Foundation and under floor areas, exterior surfaces, roof covering, attic area and roof framing, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, fireplaces and chimneys and the building interior.

Ideally, when should a 1-year warranty inspection be done?

We feel the best time is at the beginning of the 11th month of occupancy. This gives you time to have a home inspection performed and for the builder to make the repairs before the 12-month warranty is up.

What are some of the most common defects or problems you've found in these types of inspections?

Roof and flashing defects, drainage concerns, gas leaks, plumbing leaks, improperly bonded floor tiles, missing or improperly configured sediment traps on gas appliances, debris left in the drain pan under the air conditioner evaporator in the attic, and problems caused by contractors hired after original construction.

What should people do to follow-up on any issues in the inspection report?

Submit them to the builder for further review and repair prior to the end of the 12-month warranty period.

Do you have any tips for Contra Costa homeowners who are approaching the end of their one-year warranty?

For peace of mind and to help protect yourself from unexpected surprises or expenses, order an 11-month home inspection from an experienced certified home inspector.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

Call our office directly at 925-429-3201 or visit our website and fill out a submission form for a home inspection. We can also be reached on our cell phone at 510-928-5914.

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