A new home inspection is very different than an older home. Older houses show signs of performance related issues. While new homes do not, but they come with a Tarion warranty to protect your investment so we need to understand how well it will perform in the future.
The inspection process is the evaluation of building practices, workmanship and materials that may affect the home's performance. Followed by a review of the home against the Construction Performance Guidelines published by the Tarion Warranty Program. The inspection is performed in accordance with the CAHPI New Construction Inspection Protocol.
It is best to have the inspection performed within 30 days of taking possession. This gives you the advantage of catching issues early, and having them corrected promptly.
Any issues not identified during the Pre-Delivery Inspection process can be picked up within 30 days. The only minor exceptions include scratches, dents and other mechanical damage that may have been caused by the buyer after the Pre-Delivery Inspection. We recommend that the buyer document (and perhaps photograph) these types of issues during the Pre-Delivery Inspection to avoid discussion later about who caused the damage.
Alternatively, the inspection can be done when the house is 10 or 11 months old. The house will have settled in and lived through almost 4 seasons. Many parts of the new home warranty expire after 12 months, so it makes sense to do the inspection prior to the first anniversary.
Our report identifies issues that should be addressed. The report is concise and to the point. The report includes items that are incomplete, damaged, missing, inaccessible or not operating properly. Photos and references are added for clarity where applicable. We describe locations carefully to make things as easy as possible for those referencing our reports.
We also provide advice on home maintenance to help people maximize comfort, efficiency and durability. Real Home Inspections Niagara also provides guidance in working with builders and the warranty program to help get issues resolved quickly and efficiently. And as always, we are there for you, providing free advice by telephone or email, for as long as you own your home.
Paul was very professional and knowledgeable. He was very thorough and indicated all the issues with very useful recommendations and solutions.