What Kind of Warranty Should Homeowners Expect From Their General Contractor?

When you hire a general contractor, it's essential to understand the type of warranty they provide. A workmanship warranty guarantees that the work will be completed in a professional and defect-free manner, in accordance with industry standards, for a period of one year after substantial completion. This warranty is void if the work is abused, neglected, improperly maintained, or worked on by third parties. The contractor makes no other warranties, express or implied, and disclaims any warranty of quality, habitability, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose.

The only remedy for defective work is for the contractor to correct it during the one-year warranty period. The contractor is exempt from any liability for damages, costs, expenses, or losses arising out of this agreement or the project. This limitation of liability applies regardless of the form of action, damage, claim, liability, cost, expense or loss, whether contractual, legal, tort, or for any other legal or equitable reason. The duration of the warranty may vary depending on the state and the contractor.

Generally speaking, an average work warranty lasts approximately one year. However, contractors who wish to maintain customer goodwill may choose to comply with a work guarantee for longer than specified.