Your New Home’s Warranty

Often times, I have clients purchasing their new home from me here in our Northwest Houston community of Steeplechase Terrace and they are unsure about how their new home is covered by the builder’s warranty. There are different coverages lasting varying periods of time. The most common way of describing the warranty isa ’1-2-10 year warranty’, with one year craftsmanship, 2 year mechanical, and 10 year structural. This is an over simplified way of stating the warranty and it’s coverages. Bayway Homes are covered by our Elite 1-2-10 Home Buyers Warranty warranty and is backed by one of the strongest warranty companies in the business, Bonded Builders Warranty Group. (www.bondedbuilders.com)

When a client purchases a home from us, we provide them with a sample warranty when they do initial contract, along with a layman’s guide to understanding that warranty, published by the TRCC. This allows the new client to become somewhat familiar with their new homes warranty before they even close and move into their new home. After closing, they are provided their full warranty paperwork, which should be studied by them and used as a reference to know what is covered, what is not, and what is considered routine maintenance required by the homeowner.

Below is a clip from the Bonded Builder Warranty companies website, which has great information for homeowners regarding how their new home warranty works, as well as routine maintenance tips and care for their new home. This is only a small portion of the useful information available on the Bonded Builders Warranty Group website.

These helpful tips come from the exclusive Bonded Builders Homeowners Maintenance Manual.Professional Painting Tips
A fresh coat of paint is the most inexpensive way to “refresh” a room to make it look like it’s been remodeled.

But, as with all remodeling projects, the key to success is preparation. With so many tools and products available today, preparing for a painting project can be overwhelming and confusing for any do-it-yourselfer.

To make the project easier, professional painters recommend a few “must-haves.”

All-Purpose Caulk
Joints should always be reinforced to prevent cracking by using a paintable, mildew-resistant all-purpose caulk. Water-based sealants have the added ease of soap-and-water cleanup.

Patching Products
To repair nail holes and chipped paint before painting, use a paintable, fast-drying, shrink-free patching compound. For holes in woodwork, be sure to use an epoxy with a soft texture, since a course texture will create a noticeable variation in the wood.

Sandpaper or Sanding Blocks
Sanding is necessary to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere. A durable aluminum oxide, A-weight paper with 100- to 150-grit is suitable for most general-purpose sanding applications.

Masking Tape
To keep paint only on the desired surfaces, use masking tape to cover woodwork or hardware. Some brands are designed for delicate surfaces such as wallpaper and drywall. They feature a low-tack adhesive to allow easy removal without damaging the surface.

Drop Cloths
Protecting floors from grit, sawdust, caulk and paint spills is necessary on any job. Cloth drops are more expensive, but they work best, especially over carpets. There are also statically treated, pre-taped drop cloths that feature a pre-taped edge of professional-grade masking tape.

Once the walls are ready and flooring is covered, you can gather paint supplies.

Paint Brushes and Rollers
A quality brush makes it easier to apply paint evenly and accurately. Use a one- to two-inch, high-quality, nylon/polyester, angled brush because it can be used with all coatings, holds paint well and provides better brush control where detail is necessary.

Rollers should be selected based on the type of paint being applied. For a semigloss or gloss paint or for washable enamel, use a 3/8-inch nap, shed-resistant roller cover. For flat paints, choose a roller with a 1/2-inch-nap that’s labeled “For Flat Paints.”

Interior Latex Paint
For most indoor applications, a latex interior paint is the key since it is formulated to be washable, stain-and splatter-resistant and is easy to touch up. Latex paints are easy to work with, dry quickly and are extremely durable.

When it comes to home improvement projects, preparation is the key. By using the appropriate tool and products, homeowners can achieve a great-looking paint job in minimal time that gives them the satisfaction and pride of a job well done, without professional costs.

For more information on the 1-2-10 warranty, please feel free to stop in to any one of Bayway Homes locations throughout the Houston/Galveston area and we will gladly share our knowledge and information with you.