New Home Inspections
Tarion New Home Warranties And Inspections
Tarion, formerly known as the Ontario New Home Warranty Program, was created by the Ontario Government in 1976 to administer the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. Tarions primary purpose is to protect consumers of new homes by ensuring that builders abide the provincial legislation. The builder is required to build homes in compliance with the current Building Code, meet certain quality standards and ensure that customers are well informed of the steps involved in buying a new home.
Pre-Dellivery Inspection (PDI)
Buying a brand-new home is a major event in your life. Over the last few months, you have worked with your buidler on creating the home of your dreams. Your home has literally taken shape before your eyes. Now it's only a few days before you can finally take possession. But first, there’s an important step you have to take: the pre-delivery inspection.
The Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)) is an excellent opportunity to familiarize yourself with your new home. The builder, or his representative, will explain all the features of the house, including how to operate and maintain the various systems until the after-sales service kicks in. The builder will explain the various warranties to you as well. Items such as the roof and furnace will have limited warranties, for example.
It is important to conduct this Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) with the builder because it gives you an opportunity to confirm that all the work has been done to your satisfaction. Special care is needed during the inspection to detect possible problems, so that you can immediately bring them to the attention of your builder to ensure they are documented properly and that the property is delivered as advertised.
This inspection needs to be done before you actually move into the home, otherwise, the builder may dismiss certain claims by arguing the damage was done during the move-in process.
Problems that often need to be addressed fall into one of two categories:
- Work is outstanding. Some of the work agreed to in the contract could not be completed by the inspection date. This most commonly includes seasonal work, which is outdoor work that cannot be done due to the weather or time of year.
- Corrective work is needed. Some items fail to meet quality standards or building contract specifications.
Seacliff Inspections can accompany and guide you during the Pre-Delivery Inspection, or if the builder allows, inspect the property with you before you do the PDI with the builder.
One Year New Home Warranty Inspection
Your home’s statutory one year warranty coverage begins on the date you take possession of the home and ends on the day before the first anniversary of this date. It is critical to inspect the property and report on any deficiencies before this date. Claims made after this date will be rejected. Typically, the First-Year Inspection is done around the end of the 11 month after you take possession.
If you own a new home, this is probably the most important time to have a home inspection. Thie milestone is your last chance to make claims on any issues covered by the One-Year Warranty, including defects in materials and workmanship. If you forget the deadline, or miss a defect, you may not have another chance to make a claim.
Don't forgo an inspection at this time thinking that you will save a few dollars and try to find all the defects yourself. If you miss something critical, it may end up costing a lot more than the cost of an inspection. Also remember, Tarion's policy to to go my the "last document in". That means that if you submited something on a 30 day warranty claim, and it hasn't yet been fixed, failing to claim it again on the One-Year Warranty may mean that it never gets fixed by the builder. Don't let this happen to you. Let Seacliff Inspections go through the house with you and ensure all possible defects are listed on your warranty claim forms. We mmy not find everything, but with our experience and specialized tools, such as infra-red cameras, we have a far better chance of finding defects you may miss.
Construction Performance Guidelines
Homeowners and builders who are in doubt as to whether an item is covered by the warranty should consult the Construction Performance Guidelines which describe many of the most commonly reported warranty service requests and indicate which are covered by the warranty.
Vist the Tarion website for information on new home warranties. New home owners benefit from One Year Warranty Protection and Two Year Warranty Protection against defects in work and materials, and Seven Year Warranty Protection against major structural defects. Warranty coverage begins on the date of possession of a home or condominium unit, and remains in effect until the end of the warranty period, even if the home is sold before the warranty expires. Manufacturer's warranties may offer warranty periods beyound the Tarion warranties. Check with manufacturers to see what is covered, and if extended warranties can be purchased.
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