Pre-delivery Inspection (P.D.I.)
Before you accept delivery of your new home, it is essential to carry out a pre-delivery (PDI) or pre-purchase home inspection. By inspecting the property and having the builder or seller agree to a list of deficiencies before taking occupation, you protect yourself from claims for damage. For example, the builder might try to blame any damage you find on you or the moving company, thereby refusing liability for repairs. You also have the evidence you require to ensure that the property is delivered as advertised.
DoubleCheck Home Inspection Ottawa provides professional home inspection services for homeowners and businesses across the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario.
Best Time for New Home Inspection
Within the first 30 days is a critical time for your new home inspection. Your builder will possibly supply a walk through inspection showing you some of the ins and outs of your new home. Some items your builder will finds will be fixed up and some will not be found. We at DoubleCheck Home Inspection Ottawa have found numerous construction deficiencies visually and also with the use of infrared thermography. It is in your interest to hire an experienced independent DoubleCheck inspector to find out as much as possible about your new home in the first 30 days so the builder can be notified of these problems.
Save Money on Home Repairs with Warranties
See www.tarion.ca for examples of typical construction performance guidelines. This site sets out what the builder will fix and how they will fix it. It also establishes the builder’s new home warranty. Builders warranties generally have 1-, 2- and 7-year milestones. Items such as the roof and furnace will have limited warranties. We suggest contacting manufacturers to find out what that warranties cover and for how long. (For example, roof shingles usually have a warranty of 15 to 25 years; for furnaces, 5 to 10 years is normal, depending upon servicing and maintenance.)
DCI Tip: Where the manufacturer’s warranty exceeds the builder’s limited warranty, we recommend negotiating extending component warranties to the full duration of the manufacturers warranty.
Information on Home Ownership
Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) www.cmhc.ca has a wealth of information on home ownership, some of which is noted below. CMHC is located at 800 Montreal Road in Ottawa. You may wish to e-mail or contact them by: telephone at 1-800-688-2642, or by fax at 1-800-245-9274
|Order No.||Series No.||Title from About the House Series|
|62027||CE 2||Measuring Humidity in Your Home|
|62028||CE 2||Combustion Gases in Your Home|
|62031||CE 5A||Understanding Window Terminology|
|62032||CE 6||Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)|
|62043||CE 9||Maintaining Your HRV|
|62034||CE 13||Attic Venting, Attic Moisture, and Ice Dams|
|62037||CE 17||The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans|
|62041||CE 22||Your Furnace Filter|
|62046||CE 25||Carbon Monoxide|
|62045||CE 27||Choosing a Dehumidifier|
|62266||CE 28k||Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems|
|62044||CE 29||Should you get your Heating Ducts Cleaned?|
|62839||CE 35||Hiring a Home Inspector|
|63218||CE 47||Home Maintenance Schedule|
|63227||CE 48||Replacing Your Furnace|
|63495||CE 55||Selecting a Home Builder|
|63637||CE 56||Preventing Falls on Stairs|
|64092||CE 61||Renovating Your Basement for Livability|
|65013||AE3||Dealing with Power Outages|
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also has useful information, some of which is listed following.
- Dwellings: Energy Conservation
- Consumers Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
- Dwellings: Insulation
- Insulation: Heat
- Keeping The Heat In