Pre-Delivery Inspection for New Condos: How PDIs work
Buying a new highrise condo can be one of the most exhilarating things that anyone can do. Nothing can top the excitement of watching it get built – first with excavation of the parking areas, then the steady climb where the podium and tower are built. Finally the day comes – you are advised of a final occupancy date, and you are scheduled to do the pre-delivery inspection. So what it this?
New condo buyers conduct a pre-delivery inspection (PDI) of their new unit, accompanied by a representative of the builder, before they take possession. The builder is accompanies you through the inspection, and is there to answer any questions you may have, to make note of any deficiencies in your unit, and to demonstrate the various operating systems in the unit.
The PDI is a very important part of the new condo home buying process, as it is the last time you have to address any omissions or deficiencies that may have occurred during construction. All types of new construction in the province of Ontario are overseen by TARION, which provides certain warranties to protect the consumer, and you can find an extensive PDI checklist on their website. Here is also a short video on the subject, after which you can find our own checklist that applies strictly to condos.
PDI Inspection Checklist
- Are there any dents or scratches in the walls, floor, ceiling?
- Are there any nails or screws sticking out of the walls?
- Were all of the lighting fixtures installed properly?
- Are all the light switches in working order?
- Do all the electrical outlets work?
- does the faucet run both hot & cold water?
- does the sink drain properly, and are there any leaks?-
- do all the cupboards & drawers open & close properly?
- were all the upgrades and options you selected installed?
- are all the kitchen appliances in good working order, are there any scratches or dents?
- are the faucets working properly – both hot & cold water?
- does the tub drain properly?
- are there any cracks or chips on the toilet?
- does the toilet flush properly, and is it sealed properly to the floor?
- is the bathroom fan working properly?
- are the towel racks properly secured?
- Are the balcony railings secure?
- Is the balcony floor properly graded so that water will drain from it?
If you combine this checklist with the one on the TARION website, you will be sure to have a good understanding of the PDI process. If you notice any problems during the inspection, make sure that the builder acknowledges and commits in writing, to fixing each problem. Once the PDI is completed and you’ve taken possession, you have only 30 days to report any other issues. After 30 days, the builder is no longer responsible for any problems that you may find.