While we don’t believe there is any substitute for an independent home inspection of all homes, even new builder homes, if you’re going to do it yourself, you need to be prepared.
You need to conduct your inspection in a systematic way and don’t focus on just the cosmetic items.
The Tarion New Home Warranty Program in Ontario offers a Guideline entitled –Getting Ready for your Pre-Delivery Inspection. This guide will itemize the various components in the home that you should check to ensure that they are in serviceable, working and undamaged condition.
Don’t be shy about asking the builder to put every single defect on the list of deficiencies. That’s the only way to track the issue and to keep the builder accountable for the repair.