Pre-delivery Inspection – Your New Home

Pre-Delivery Inspection – As part of the process of buying a new home you will be required to attend your Pre-Delivery inspection with the builders representative. During this inspection you will walk through and around your new home noting all the deficiencies on the Pre-Delivery form as part of your Tarion Warranty.


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Pre-Delivery Inspection – What We Inspect for You

Your Pre-Delivery InspectionPre-Delivery Inspection – Having a Professional Home Inspector participate in your inspection will guarantee that you do not miss items that may not be fixed by the builder if not noted on your Pre-Delivery inspection. Catching this deficiencies at this time will ensure the builder has time to repair them prior to you moving in. As most of the work on your new home was completed by sub-trades, there is a good chance that mistakes may have been made.

Even your local building department can miss items that should have been noted during their inspections. Many of the items that have been noted on Pre-delivery inspections include: Missing Ice and Water Shield on roof, windows that will not open, damaged floor joists, trip hazards on floor surface, missing nails on joist hangers, missing insulation in attic, water penetration of walls, foundation cracks and poorly fitting doors.

Some builders will recommend you add your deficiencies to your 30 day warranty form for Tarion, and that they will address them at that time. This is typically a poor choice as there can be some dispute about condition of home when you did not note items on your Pre-Delivery Inspection. I have inspected homes for people where the scratches on the hardwood floor, although there during the PDI, were not noted and on the 30 day inspection the builder disputed his responsibility.

Pre-Delivery Inspection – Free Thermal Imaging scan with every inspection.


  • Inspect any poured concrete ( porches and sidewalks )
  • Inspect shingles for missing tabs, exposed nails and roof flashings
  • Exterior cladding ( workmanship and visibly correct )
  • windows and doors ( physical damage & missing caulking )
  • Are the balcony railings sturdy and secure?
  • If the balcony has glass walls, do they also feel sturdy and secure?
  • Is the balcony floor built so water can drain from it?
  • landscaping and downspouts ( where is water going ? )


  • Are there any dents in the walls?
  • Is the paint job done to your satisfaction?
  • Are there any nails or screws sticking out of the walls?
  • Were all of the lighting fixtures installed properly?
  • Do all the light switches work? (Turn them on and off!)
  • Do all the outlets work? (Bring a phone + phone charger or a hairdryer to try them all.)
  • How does the flooring look? Are there any scratches or dents in the hardwood?


  • Does the faucet run both hot and cold water?
  • Does the sink drain quickly and with no leaks?
  • Do the cupboards/drawers open/close properly?
  • Were all the upgrades and options you selected installed?
  • Are all of the manuals for appliances there for you to reference?


  • Do the faucets run both hot and cold water?
  • Does the tub fully drain? (Pooling of water can lead to discoloration of your tub.)
  • Are there any cracks in the toilet? And does it flush quickly enough, and without leaking?
  • Does the vent fan work? (You don’t want excess moisture!)
  • Are all towel racks properly secured?

Pre-Delivery Deficiencies are fairly common and range from construction deficiencies to incomplete or missing items, error with your choice in finishes and upgrades as well as items that are not functioning correctly. There may also be cosmetic issues such as scratched paint, wood, floors or finishes that might be worth mentioning as it will be harder for you to prove these deficiencies pre-date occupancy and are the builder’s responsibility.


At the end of the Pre-Delivery Inspection we will review and discuss our findings with you and the builder. We can ensure the builder is given all the information needed to ensure all deficiencies are corrected.

We provide you with a computerized report which details all findings and includes pictures of every defect.

Your Home Inspection will ensure your new home is what you expected.

Ensure Health and Safety Issues are identified.

Provide an Accurate List for Tarion Warranty Forms

Prevent Home Buyer from paying for correction of deficiencies.

After years of consumer complaints Tarion was finally going to be removed from Managing Parts of Ontario’s New Home Warranty Program.  Considered by most people to be in the Builders Pocket,  Tarion has had Free Reign over New Home Buyers for over 4 decades.

Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles says the move will mean removing responsibilities from the Tarion Warrant Corp., which has overseen nearly all facets of the home building sector for the past 40 years.  Unfortunately the elected Conservative government has not followed through with this plan.

MacCharles says Tarion has been responsible both for regulating builders and administering the province’s new home warranties, but the system lends itself to the perception of a conflict of interest.

TARION narrowly avoided loosing the responsibility of inspecting homes when the Provincial Government progued Parliament.   Tarion was slated to have the Home Inspection part of their duties removed as an audit showed there were not doing any of the required inspections.  Premier Doug Ford has not seen fit to follow through with the proposed Tarion Reorganization even though most Home Owners and Rights Avocates have fought for this for years.

As Always remember “ CAVEAT EMPTOR –  BUYER BEWARE

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