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Warranty Coverage for New Homes in Solstice

Good day, home buyers! If you're eyeing a beautiful new home in Solstice, or any new construction for that matter, let's talk about warranties. New homes have a massive benefit in that the appliances are all brand new, lessening the chance of an expensive repair during the initial years of home ownership. The workmanship and materials should also be top-notch, but errors can be made during the building process, and gaps and cracks can form as part of the normal settling process of the home. The builder's warranty can cover these issues to a certain extent.

Comprehensive Coverage for Your New Home

First things first: homes in communities like Solstice come with a strong warranty plan, which is a significant perk of new construction. You'll receive a 1-year materials and workmanship warranty. This means that for the first year, Shea guarantees that your home will perform according to the strict standards set out in the Residential Construction Performance Guidelines by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). These guidelines establish the minimum performance standards of your home, and specify the acceptable action for remediation by your builder.

For example, here is what the guidelines have to say on garage floor cracks:


12-3-1 Observation: The garage floor slab is cracked.

Performance Guideline: Cracks in a concrete garage floor greater than '3/16 inch in width or 3/16 inch in vertical displacement are considered excessive.

Corrective Measure: The contractor will repair cracks in the slab using a material designed to fill cracks in concrete.

Discussion: The repaired area may not match the existing floor in color and texture.


Personalized Warranty Visits

Here's a feature I find particularly beneficial -- the scheduled warranty visits. At 1 month, 5 months, and just before your warranty expires at 11 months, you'll have an opportunity to walk through your home with your Shea warranty rep to address any issues in person. They will then schedule the various trades to come in and fix the issues.

Structural Security with an 8-Year Warranty

Now, for the heavy-duty coverage: the 8-year structural warranty. This warranty isn't about the small stuff; it's about the integrity of your home. Major structural defects, which can include issues with load-bearing walls, the foundation, joists, and trusses, are covered. It's crucial because these are the big-ticket items that ensure your home is safe and sound. Remember that the materials and finish warranty is only one year, so besides major structural issues, you will be on your own for fixing any issues (even if they are the builder's fault) after the one year mark.

What These Warranties Mean for You

They're there to catch any defects or problems that might slip through the cracks. Even though I highly recommend a third-party inspection at both the pre-drywall and final walkthrough phase, a few hours of inspecting cannot be replaced by actually living in the home every day. There will likely be issues you notice weeks after moving in, and also things that pop up (literally) in the coming months. New homes "settle" as the materials dry out and temperatures change, meaning minor cracks in grout, gaps in trim, and drywall screw pops are common.

If you're ready to explore the options in Solstice or need guidance on the warranty specifics and how they benefit you, reach out. Let's ensure your new home is not just well-built, but well-protected for years to come.

Let's find your new home!

Chris is a real estate agent who specializes in helping clients build, buy, and sell homes. Here are some benefits I offer to new construction clients:

  • Projected Budget of Your New Home
  • Pre-Drywall Inspection
  • 3D Matterport Model
  • On-Site Photos During Construction
  • Lot Selection & Design Center Consultations
  • Full Service Realtor Services

Remember, the builder pays my commission, so these benefits are available at no cost to you!

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