When purchasing a newly constructed house or condominium, the buyer will be given an opportunity to inspect the new home before moving in. This is known as the pre-delivery inspection (“PDI”). A PDI is an important step and should be taken seriously and conducted carefully. It is your opportunity to list all the pre-existing deficiencies of the house/condominium. Second, it is your only evidence that the said deficiencies were in fact pre-existing, and as such, not subsequently caused by you after moving in to the house/condominium.

Approximately one week prior to closing or interim closing for condominiums, the builder will contact you to arrange a PDI. You have the choice of appointing someone else to attend on your behalf. But unless it is absolutely necessary, we suggest that you personally attend the PDI because what may appear to be a deficiency to you, could potentially be ignored by someone else.

When attending the PDI, you will be accompanied by a builder’s representative who will walk throughout the house with you, and list all the deficiencies that you identify. Do not let the excitement overwhelm you, as this is your only opportunity to make a list of the deficiencies in your new home that require the builder’s attention. Do not feel pressured by the inspector to rush through and/or ignore minor deficiencies. Because anything you do not list now, is unlikely to be repaired by the builder. TAKE YOUR TIME and walk through every area of your new home identifying anything of concern to you. Representatives will often advise you to only list major problems, our advice is to list everything.

Tips on carrying out the PDI:

  1. Look for scratches, marks, discoloration or any other damage to walls, ceilings, or doors;
  2. Check that all doors, handles and locks work properly, including closet doors i.e. try closing and locking each door;
  3. Check to see if all windows open and close;
  4. Check to see if the flooring is uneven, also, look for damage to carpets, hardwood floors and cracks in the tiles;
  5. Run all taps and water fixtures, ensuring both hot and cold water work;
  6. Try all appliances;
  7. Check all electrical sockets (take something that requires and electrical socket to test these);
  8. Check to see if the heating and air-conditioning works;
  9. If you ordered any upgrades or requested specific color schemes, ensure that they are in place.
  10. If possible, take a professional home inspector.

Please remember to get a copy of the PDI list and the New Home Warranty Certificate from the builder’s representative. You must have both documents, before your interim occupancy can take place. Good luck with your PDI!