10 things to know about pre-delivery home inspections
(NC) If you’ve purchased a new build house or condo, the pre-delivery inspection – or PDI – is your first opportunity to explore your new home. It’s also a very important step in the new home-buying journey.
This inspection is your chance to document any items that are damaged, incomplete or missing before moving in. Here’s what new homeowners need to know about the process:
- The inspection should take between 45 minutes to an hour per 1,000 square feet of a home –plenty of time to be thorough without feeling rushed.
- Bring a copy of the Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist along. This helpful document is available for free from Tarion, the organization that provides warranty assistance for new home buyers. It gives you an idea of what items to inspect – and which issues to watch out for – in every part of the home.
- This is also an opportunity to learn about how to operate and maintain the home’s systems, such as heating and cooling. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the builder’s representative is there to help.
- Make sure any issues are documented on the PDI form that the builder’s representative will fill out. Include any items that have been substituted for others without your consent, such as kitchen cabinets or countertops. Although this isn’t an official warranty form, it does serve as an important record of issues that existed before you moved in.
- Keep your own documentation records of any issues identified. Don’t be afraid to take photos and/or videos as a part of this process.
- Feel free to bring someone along, like a parent, realtor or home inspector. Just remember that whoever joins in should not try to interfere with the builder’s process.
- If you’re not able to attend, someone can go on your behalf. Just remember to notify the builder in advance by filling out the Appointment of Designate form.
- PDIs happen in all seasons and weather conditions, which may pose some challenges. If you’re not able to inspect a part of the home, make a note of it and remember to look at it as soon as possible.
- If anything is reported on the PDI form but hasn’t been resolved by the time you move in, report it to the builder. You can also submit a warranty form to Tarion.
- Understand that guidelines and procedures may be affected by whatever COVID-19 measures are currently in effect.