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Old 2019-08-11, 10:28 AM
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Do you think it is really necessary to hire a home inspector on a new home even thou the home is under New Home Warranty program? TIA
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Old 2019-08-11, 02:24 PM
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Some people say yes, others no. All personal preference.

Did we, no. Did many others on this site, absolutely. If you don't mind spending the $~450 for peace of mind, why not.

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I spoke to both a real estate agent, lawyer, and the builder about this. What everyone said was that PDI is mostly about showing you your home, showing you the features, and giving you an opportunity to look through.

What they did, however, recommend is that you bring a good friend or family member (or two) with you -- you learn about the home, have others look for flaws.

Edit: Actually, we even asked a home inspector about this. They said it's a waste of money, you'd be better off hiring one for the 30-day tarion list.
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Old 2019-08-11, 09:33 PM
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We hired one for the 1-year deadline, inspector did find some small things that we would've missed ourselves but no major issues. However we did feel it was worth it for the peace of mind and will probably do it again for future new builds.
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Sorry, but's it's crazy to not get an inspection done. Just like it would be crazy to drive without insurance. The difference being that your house is much more likely to have problems that you are not able to identify then you are to get into a car accident.

BUT, don't bother with an inspection unless you - 1) hire a seasoned inspector who specializes in new home construction inspections, and 2) that you are able to participate in the inspection without distractions. There will be a lot of things to learn that day.
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I spoke to both a real estate agent, lawyer, and the builder about this. What everyone said was that PDI is mostly about showing you your home, showing you the features, and giving you an opportunity to look through.

What they did, however, recommend is that you bring a good friend or family member (or two) with you -- you learn about the home, have others look for flaws.

Edit: Actually, we even asked a home inspector about this. They said it's a waste of money, you'd be better off hiring one for the 30-day tarion list.
Respectfully disagree.

If you catch things during your PDI, the timeline to resolve is typically at or before the 30-day list. Anything past that has the potential to be added to your 1yr list...a lot longer wait time.

Not saying it's required, but certainly not a waste of money.
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Respectfully disagree.

If you catch things during your PDI, the timeline to resolve is typically at or before the 30-day list. Anything past that has the potential to be added to your 1yr list...a lot longer wait time.

Not saying it's required, but certainly not a waste of money.
The only problem with hiring one for the PDI is you're allocated a shorter amount of time to complete the home inspection, and they also aren't looking for cosmetic flaws that you would want caught on at the PDI.
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Here's a perfect recent Ottawa example of why you should absolutely hire an experienced home inspector for a new build https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...reek-1.4789234

Do not rely on the perceived builder's reputation. Most of that reputation is based on marketing material and industry supported awards. Remember also that past performance may not indicate future performance with your build.

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At the PDI, it's not important to have an inspector. At this stage, the main things you are looking for are marks/flaws in finishes. Things that the builder could claim you caused.

Before the 30 day is when I had an inspector come in and he caught things I would not have caught, things that it was important for the builder to fix sooner than later. Tarion only covers things you put on your list. Even if it should be fixed, if you didn't catch it, they don't cover it.

If you get the inspector at the 30 day, there is no point in having him back unless there was something major that the builder said was fixed and you want a second opinion before Tarion.
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Old 2019-08-12, 10:56 AM
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at the end of the day, I think everyone has their own preference. IMO, I think that for the 24-hour list, you are absolutely primarily looking for cosmetic things that could bite you in the ass if not caught.

That said, again, it's a question on whether that additional layer of peace of mind is worth it. I've heard of some builders denying you the option of bringing an inspector to the PDI, meaning you'd have to have them come in seperately.

Going to clarify here since many people seem to disagree. I am talking SOLELY about PDI - not a 30day or 1-year inspection. ABSOLUTELY get an inspector for those.

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At the PDI, it's not important to have an inspector. At this stage, the main things you are looking for are marks/flaws in finishes. Things that the builder could claim you caused.

Before the 30 day is when I had an inspector come in and he caught things I would not have caught, things that it was important for the builder to fix sooner than later. Tarion only covers things you put on your list. Even if it should be fixed, if you didn't catch it, they don't cover it.

If you get the inspector at the 30 day, there is no point in having him back unless there was something major that the builder said was fixed and you want a second opinion before Tarion.
While I'm in agreement here, there IS an added benefit of having the inspector look for non-finishing things while you look at finishings, but it really depends -- you'd need to have someone walk around with the inspector while you walk around with the site manager, just to make sure there are multiple sets of eyes doing both tasks.

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The only problem with hiring one for the PDI is you're allocated a shorter amount of time to complete the home inspection, and they also aren't looking for cosmetic flaws that you would want caught on at the PDI.
Eh - you have 24 hours to note those things - so you could theoretically bring an inspector by later that day, or the next day.

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