In construction there are two general types of warranties. One is provided by the manufacturer of a product such as roofing material or an appliance. The second is a warranty for the labor. For example, a roofing contract may include a 30 year material warranty and a 5 year labor warranty.

Many (but not all) new homes come with a one year warranty. Any major issues found during the first year should be communicated to the builder at once. Small items can be saved up and presented to the builder in a letter on the 11 month anniversary of the closing. This gives the builder one month to make the necessary corrections.

See also: Topics: A Building and Remodeling Checklist