Oakville Homes

August 18, 2010

Do you know how to do a PDI or house inspection?


As previously noted, a builder might not want you to have a house inspector with you on your PDI and, some inspectors prefer to come at a later date so they have more time to get into the construction of your home.  So, what should you do on your PDI if you are alone or accompanied with your spouse, favourite uncle, etc.

One, bring your own paper, pen and digital camera to make notes and document anything you bring up.  Just because the builder has an impressive clipboard and pad of paper doesn’t mean all what you note will be recorded.  And remember, don’t be put off by the builder who states that cosmetic issues are not part of the TARION PDI.  You want all this stuff on record for future reference and, you don’t want the builder saying you caused the scratches, damage etc.  I know someone who had beautiful wood floors that were damaged by the movers.  But, what if the scratches were there before the movers and you have no documentation.  Then you are caught between a rock and a hard place.


Here is a NON-INCLUSIVE listing from Tarion on what to check on your PDI.

• Windows, side lights and other glazing. Window
and door screens
• Windows, interior and exterior doors (including
garage overhead door). Door locks
• Bathtubs, sinks and toilets • Faucets: kitchen, bathroom, laundry room
• Bathroom accessories, if provided • Exhaust fans (kitchen, bathrooms), if provided
• Mirrors, countertops and cabinetry • Electrical outlets and fixtures
• Flooring (hardwood, vinyl, ceramic tiles, carpeting) • Gas fireplaces, incl. circulation fans, if provided
• Interior finishes and trim carpentry • Heat Recovery Ventilation system, if provided
• Furnace • Heating system
• Hot water heater, if provided (not a rental) • Hot water heater, if provided (not a rental)
• Exterior finishes, driveways, walkways, decks and
landscaping are complete
• Air conditioning system, if provided and if
conditions permit

Of course, look at cosmetic issues and Tarion does recommend checking these off as the builder may/will blame the movers or you once you move in.

Now, here is a list from a house inspector.  With them, you get a much more in-depth inspection but, it can wait for the 30 day, as long as you do your homework on the PDI.

structural components including foundation and framing, including probing a representative number of structural
components where deterioration is suspected or where clear indications of possible deterioration exist.

exterior wall covering, flashing and trim.                                       

exterior doors.

attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings.       

eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level.

vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property when any of these are likely to
adversely affect the building.

walkways, patios, and driveways leading to dwelling entrances.

roof covering.     

roof drainage systems.           

roof flashings.       

skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations

interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets.

drain, waste and vent systems including all fixtures.                       

water heating equipment.

vent systems, flues, and chimneys.                               

fuel storage and fuel distribution systems.

drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping.

electrical service drop.                                               

electrical service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.

electrical service equipment and main disconnects.                       

electrical service grounding.

interior components of electrical service panels and sub panels.       

electrical conductors.

electrical overcurrent protection devices.                  

a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles.       

ground fault circuit interrupters.

installed heating equipment.       

heating vent systems, flues, and chimneys

installed central and through-wall cooling equipment.

interior walls, ceilings, and floors.                                

steps, stairways, and railings.

countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets.       

a representative number of doors and windows.

garage doors and garage door operators.

insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.       

ventilation of attics and foundation areas.

mechanical ventilation systems.

fireplace system components.       

fireplace vent systems, flues, and chimney

and, the list doesn’t stop here but, I ran out of space..
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