New Homes Don’t Require A Home Inspection? Right?

Erich Kelter - Friday, July 05, 2013

Wrong! As much as I would love to say yes, the fact of the matter is that new housing today, for the most part, is strictly about production. The faster it gets built, the sooner the deal closes and the sooner the builder gets paid. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the world we live in today regarding many things we purchase, including our largest investment ever, our home.

Are you a first time home buyer?

While there are many good quality home builders in Ontario today, there are just as many, perhaps even more builders that allow poorly built homes to be sold to unsuspecting buyers, many of whom are first time home buyers that feel if they purchase a new home they will be free of any problems and be covered under a new home warranty. All one needs to do is a Google search on Tarion and they’ll soon find out how much of a joke the new home warranty is. The best way to circumvent potential issues with a new home is to have a professional home inspector perform an inspection and present any defects or potential problems to the new home owners, prior to finalizing their deal.

How important is a PDI Inspection?

Having a representative from the builder perform your PDI inspection is a requirement, however their “inspection” can’t even begin to compare to the items a professional and third party inspector will check. New homeowners should seriously look at having a third party inspector perform a more thorough and detailed inspection to better protect themselves. If problems are observed and noted in a professional report, these items can be brought forth to the builder for remediation. The builder is less likely to contest the report of a professional inspector, plus these items can be documented for future use if problems occur due to negligence on the part of the builder or if Tarion is difficult in providing warranty coverage in disputed matters.

Why is professional home inspection mandatory?

Our experience over the years has usually been fairly good with most new home builders, and we do not want to try and scare the public into believing all new homes are poorly built, however as with any industry, there can be poor quality product. Considering the fact that for most of us middle class working folk, a home is our largest one time purchase, we highly recommend a professional home inspection to better protect all home buyers, including purchases of brand new homes. Items such as improperly vented furnaces, leaking roofs, missing wall and attic insulation, sub-par plumbing and serious framing issues are just some of the defects we’ve found in brand new homes over the years.

Above Grade Home Inspections Inc. performs new home PDI as well as one year warranty expiration inspections on new homes to ensure buyers are protected. Inspections are performed on homes across Simcoe County in Barrie, Alliston, Orillia and Collingwood.

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