Inspect your new home carefully before you move in

When you buy a newly built home, there is an important step you need to take before you move in: a pre-delivery inspection.

Commonly called a PDI, this inspection is more than just a quick tour. It is your first opportunity to view your home in its completed state and thoroughly assess its condition.

All builders in Ontario are required by law to conduct a PDI with homeowners prior to a home's date of possession. This inspection is part of your new home warranty that is provided by your builder and backed by Tarion.

The PDI lets you ask questions and learn about how your home functions. Your builder will show you how to operate your home's systems, like heating, electrical, air conditioning and plumbing, and provide you with operating manuals.

You should also take stock of anything that may be damaged, incomplete, missing or not working properly. Carefully examine your home both inside and out. Look for things like chips in bathtubs and sinks; scratches on counter tops; damage to floors, walls, cabinetry or other finishings; and doors and windows that are not secure or do not open and close easily.

Outside, check things like the quality of brickwork and siding, whether window screens have been installed, and the appearance of the driveway and landscaping.

During your inspection, your builder's representative will note everything down on a PDI form. Once completed, you should review the form carefully to make sure it's comprehensive. You will get a copy, which will become the official record of the condition of your home before you moved in. If there is disagreement between you and your builder over whether any damage occurred before or after you took possession, Tarion may refer to this form to help resolve the issue.

Sometimes, due to weather or other factors, you may not be able to inspect a certain item. If this happens, simply make sure it's noted on the PDI form.

Your new home warranty doesn't begin or end at the PDI — it all begins when you sign an Agreement of Purchase and Sale with your builder, and stays with the home for seven years.

Find more information online at tarion.com.

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