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The Facts About 1-Year Warranty Home Inspections: An Interview with James Stoker of Stoker Inspection Services, Inc.

By James Stoker

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

I finished my college days at the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. That was followed with nearly six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corp. Next came a career in quality custom home building in Dade and Broward Counties. The result was about 400 beautiful homes engineered beyond normal building codes that survived Hurricane Andrew very well when many others in Dade County failed badly. I offer full pre-purchase inspections, 4-point inspections, wind mitigation inspections, roof certifications and others.

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

I would certainly study everything I would normally inspect in a full pre-purchase inspection from the roof to the exterior, structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, insulation and interior. At the 1-year point I would be looking for things that were basically not done right a year earlier.

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

It should be done in the eleventh month after closing so the builder can respond within the warranty period without question.

What are some of the most common defects or problems that can be found in these types of inspections?

I would be looking for construction flaws not addressed properly at the time of closing.

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

First of all, call me directly if they need any additional understanding of the problem. Secondly, submit a written list of the items they believe need correction to their builder.

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

Simply keep a list of significant items that develop during their first year in the home. All problems may not be identified before closing and many are noticed only later.

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

Call me directly at 305-852-1725 or my cell at 305-393-7728. The folks that call me for their inspections find out later that they are very lucky people. The difference is like apples to oranges. No kidding and no exaggeration!

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