The homebuilding process is an exciting time and you can't wait to get a good look at your new home and show it off to family and friends.
Your first real chance to get a top to bottom look at your condo in its completed state will be during your Pre-Delivery Inspection, or PDI. When you purchase your new condominium, your builder is required by Tarion to conduct a PDI with you on or before the day you take possession.
The PDI is more than just a first look around, it's your opportunity to view your unit in it's entirety, learn about how to properly maintain it and take stock of anything that may ne damaged, incomplete, missing, or not working properly.
During the inspection, you should carefully examine your new condo. Look for things like chips in bathtubs and sinks, scratches on countertops, damage to floors, walls, cabinetry or other finishings, and doors and windows that are not secure or do not open and close easily.
Your builder's representative is responsible for making notes of any areas of concern an on a PDI form. Review the form carefully to make sure it's complete. This will become the official record of the condition of your home before you moved in. In case of a disagreement between you and your builder over whether any damage occurred before or after you took possession, Tarion will refer to the notes on your PDI form.
The builder is required to provide you with a copy of the completed PDI, but you may want to take your own notes as well. Feel free to take pictures of any damaged or or incomplete items. If necessary, those photos can be submitted to Tarion at a later date.
The PDI is a chance to examine the state of your unit, not the common elements which are the shared area in your condo such as the hallways, elevators and amenities. Even though your unit may be ready for possession, the common elements will be dealt with your condo board.
Some buyers say the condition of the condo made it impossible to accurately assess their own unit. Sometimes there is still too much construction dust and debris or even weather factors that prevent the buyeyr from getting a good look. If this happens, make sure to note the items that could not be inspected on the PDI form.
Tarion.com has a number of resources to help you prepare for your PDI including a PDI checklist and a guide to Getting Ready for the PDI. You will also find the Homeowner Information Package, or HIP, which your builder will provide electronically on or before your inspection date. It is recomended that buyers read the HIP before their PDI. Being informed and well prepared is the best way to start your homeownership experience!
Courtesy of CondoLifeMag.Com
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