Sometimes a Year is Actually 364 Days
ASHI Reminds Home Owners About One-Year Home Warranty Inspections


Sheena Quinn
Public Communications, Inc.

Looking for the perfect way to commemorate the first anniversary in your new home? Then celebrate with paper – a home inspection report.  One year warranty coverage typically begins the day you take possession of your newly constructed home and ends one day before your first anniversary.  According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) the best anniversary present you can give your loved one (or yourself) this year is a one-year home warranty inspection.

“New home owners can present a comprehensive home inspection report to the builder the day of their final walk through,” said Frank Lesh, 2007 ASHI president.  “It then becomes the builder’s responsibility to ensure that the items affecting the home’s systems are addressed.”

About One-Year Warranty Inspections

One-year warranty inspections do not address normal wear and tear on a home – chipped paint, damaged wood floors or faded exteriors – but rather help home owners determine failed systems that are the responsibility of the builder.  Warranty inspections typically include a thorough, visual review of the following areas of a home:

  • Foundation
  • Electrical wiring and circuit breakers
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Heating and cooling units
  • Doors and windows
  • Attic

Because warranty coverage varies from state to state, homeowners should talk with their home inspector prior to the inspection to determine what is inspected and covered under their warranty.  ASHI also recommends that homeowners schedule their one-year warranty inspection 30 days prior to warranty expiration so that they have time to contact their builder and file a claim if necessary. 

“Buying a home is a learning process,” said Lesh.  “A one-year warranty inspection is great for new home owners because it gives them a better understanding of their home and helps them identify minor issues before they become major problems.”

Working With an ASHI Certified Inspector

When selecting a home inspector, homeowners should take care that they choose a qualified professional to assess their home.  ASHI Certified Inspectors must demonstrate significant experience and expertise before becoming a full Member of the association. Qualifications for Membership include:

  • Passing  two written examinations, including the National Home Inspector Examination
  • Perform 250 fee-paid inspections
  • Have his or her reports peer reviewed as a part of the initial membership process
  • Meet continuing education requirements in fields related to home inspection

Homeowners can locate an ASHI Certified Inspector in their area by logging on to ASHI’s Web site at and using the “Find an Inspector” tool.  By clicking on the new “Advanced Search” button homeowners can customize their search by language, specialty and ancillary services provided.  The tool allows homeowners to locate a local ASHI Certified Inspector and quickly place a call or send an e-mail to an ASHI Inspector in real time.

About the American Society of Home Inspectors

In its 31st year and with nearly 7,000 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America.  Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are the industry standard.  ASHI’s mission is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession.  For more information, visit or call 800-743-2744.