The pre-delivery inspection, or PDI, is an important step for buyers of newly built homes. If done properly, it can set the stage for happy home ownership in the days, weeks, months and years to come. But how do you know when you’ve had an effective inspection? One way is by knowing what to expect at the end of it.
Here are some things every new home buyer should walk out of their PDI with:
- A complete list of items that require further attention. If you notice something that is damaged, missing or incomplete, you need to note it down on the PDI form provided by your builder’s representative. Make sure the form is complete before you sign it.
- An understanding of how to use and maintain parts of your home. In addition to being an inspection, the PDI is an orientation. It’s a chance to learn how to use the systems in your home (such as the HVAC) and how to take care of them properly so that they give you years of trouble-free service. Be sure to ask any questions you have during this time.
- Your warranty certificate. Your builder’s representative will ask you to sign the Certificate of Completion and Possession/Warranty Certificate, and they will provide you with a copy of it. This is a document that certifies that your home is enrolled in the new home warranty program and that you have taken possession of it. The certificate indicates your home’s enrolment number and warranty start date, both key pieces of information for getting warranty assistance.
- User manuals and other warranty documents. Some of the items in your new home (such as a refrigerator, kitchen range or dishwasher) come with a user’s manual and their own manufacturer’s warranty. Since these types of appliances are generally not covered by your new home warranty even though they have been provided by your builder, it’s important that you receive all information related to them.
- Contact information and next steps. Last, but certainly not least, you should come out of the PDI with an action plan. If there is further work to be done in your home, how and when will it be scheduled? Even if there is nothing more your builder needs to do at this time, you should at least know how to get in touch with them if you need future warranty assistance.
As a consumer protection organization, Tarion has a PDI checklist and other resources to help homeowners understand their new home warranty. Find more information at tarion.com