Step 4 Before You Move In, Inspect Your New Home & Learn About Maintenance
Before you take possession of your new home, your builder is required to conduct a Pre-Delivery Inspection, or PDI. When the home is very close to completion, your builder will invite you to complete this inspection. It is also an opportunity for your builder to educate you about how to operate and maintain all the elements of your home. At this meeting, you should have all your questions answered and any outstanding items should be discussed with your builder and put on a list to be completed before the home changes ownership to you and you take possession (i.e. the “closing”).
Expectations at the Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)
The Pre-Delivery Inspection is a very important step in the new home buying process, so please take some time to understand the PDI and what you should expect. The PDI is one of your first opportunities to view your completed home. Your builder will guide you through a comprehensive inspection and should demonstrate how to operate the home’s systems such as the ventilation, plumbing and heating. Any item that is damaged, incomplete, missing or not operating properly should be noted on the builder’s PDI Form. This is important because, should you need Tarion to help backstop your warranty in the future, the form will prove that these issues were there before you took ownership of the home. When the PDI meeting is completed, you will be asked to sign the PDI Form by your builder.
Preparing for the PDI
The PDI is an opportunity to learn about how to use the features of your home and maintain the home correctly. And, importantly, the visit will also allow you to inspect the home alongside your builder, discuss any deficiencies and understand the builder’s follow up actions. We recommend two Tarion resources that can assist you with this visit. You may wish to print a copy of the Tarion PDI Checklist to bring along with you or refer to it on a mobile device. In addition, you can access the Tarion brochure called Getting Ready for the Pre-Delivery Inspection to help guide you through the process.