As a new home buyer, you’ve watched your new home take shape, from groundbreaking to the final touches, and at every point along the way. You’ve waited patiently for months and now your date of possession is only weeks away. It’s an exciting and hectic time, but there’s still one major thing left to do – complete a Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) with your builder.
This guide has been created to help you understand the PDI process and the roles that you and your builder play.
As you read through this guide, keep in mind that every new home and condominium in Ontario comes with warranty coverage for seven years. This warranty is provided by your builder and backed by Tarion Warranty Corporation (“Tarion”) or by TarionTM directly to a maximum of $300,000.
The Pre-Delivery Inspection
The Pre-Delivery Inspection (“PDI”) takes place when your new home is ready for occupancy, making it the first opportunity to view your completed home and assess its condition before you take possession. During the PDI, you and/or an individual you select to attend (your designate) will be given the opportunity to examine the interior and exterior of the home with your builder or your builder’s representative present. The objective of this inspection is to make a written record of all items that are incomplete, damaged, missing, inaccessible or not operating properly.
It is the builder’s responsibility to explain how the various systems in your home work – including the heating, electrical, plumbing and air conditioning – thus making the PDI a good opportunity for your builder to go through them with you. It is very important that you understand how to operate your home’s systems because not using them properly could affect your warranty coverage. Due to the importance of the PDI, we suggest that you choose a different time to show your new home to family and friends. Your focus during the inspection should be on observing the home itself and listening to the instructions provided by your builder.