Pre-Delivery Inspection for Your New Kelowna Condo: What to Look for?

Pre-Delivery Inspection for Your New Kelowna Condo: What to Look for?
April 11, 2024

Congratulations on securing your dream condo in beautiful Kelowna! Before you unpack those boxes and raise a glass to stunning Okanagan views, there's one crucial step: the pre-delivery inspection (PDI). This inspection allows you to meticulously examine your condo unit and ensure everything aligns with your purchase agreement and adheres to industry standards.  Here's a detailed guide from Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty to help you navigate the PDI process with confidence.

What is a PDI?

A PDI is a comprehensive inspection conducted by your builder before you take possession of your condo unit. During this walkthrough, a builder representative will:

Explain System Functionality

They'll guide you through the operation of essential systems in your condo unit, such as ventilation, plumbing, heating, and electrical. This empowers you to properly operate and maintain these systems throughout your ownership.

Identify Deficiencies

The core objective of the PDI is to identify and document any deficiencies in your condo unit. Deficiencies can include:

  • Damaged walls, ceilings, or floors (dents, scratches, cracks)
  • Incorrect or incomplete paintwork
  • Malfunctioning light fixtures, switches, or outlets
  • Faulty plumbing (leaks, drips, improper water pressure)
  • Issues with doors or windows (improper alignment, sticking, inability to open/close)
  • Inoperable or damaged appliances
  • Cabinet or drawer malfunctions
  • Improper ventilation in bathrooms or kitchens
  • Balcony drainage problems or loose railings
  • Missing upgrades you selected during the purchase process

Document Deficiencies

All identified deficiencies will be documented on a PDI form provided by your builder. This form serves as a crucial record of the condo unit's condition before you take possession. It ensures the builder addresses these issues before you move in.

Who Should Attend the PDI?

  • You (the Buyer): Your presence is vital during the PDI. You have the right to ask questions, request clarifications, and ensure a thorough inspection.
  • Designee: If you can't attend the PDI, you can authorize a designated representative to be present on your behalf. This person should be familiar with construction details and have the authority to sign the PDI form. Always provide written authorization to your builder for your designee.

Preparing for the PDI

  • Review Your Purchase Agreement: Familiarize yourself with the agreed-upon features, finishes, and upgrades included in your condo unit. This ensures you verify everything is present and matches the agreement.
  • Create a Checklist: While British Columbia doesn't have a mandated PDI checklist like Ontario, create your own comprehensive list using resources from reputable home inspector associations or online resources.
  • Gather Necessary Supplies: Bring a functioning phone charger to test electrical outlets, a small notebook to document observations, and a camera to capture photos of any deficiencies.

Conducting the PDI

  • Be Meticulous: Take your time and meticulously inspect every aspect of your condo unit, including the interior (walls, ceilings, floors, fixtures, appliances, cabinets, etc.), exterior (balcony, railings, windows, siding, etc.), and common elements (hallways, lobby, amenities, if accessible).
  • Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to ask questions about the operation and maintenance of various systems in your unit.
  • Document Everything: Note down all deficiencies, no matter how minor they may seem. Take clear photos of any damage or malfunctioning components for future reference.
  • Review and Sign the PDI Form: Carefully review the completed PDI form with the builder representative. Ensure all identified deficiencies are documented accurately. Once satisfied, sign the form, keeping a copy for your records.

What Happens After the PDI?

  • Builder Addresses Deficiencies: The builder is responsible for addressing all documented deficiencies identified during the PDI. They should provide a timeframe for completing the repairs.
  • New Home Warranty: The new home warranty program in BC protects you against defects in workmanship and materials for a specific period. Familiarize yourself with the warranty coverage and how to make a claim if necessary.

Kelowna Condo Experts

Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty, we are your trusted Kelowna real estate partner. Our experienced REALTORS® possess in-depth knowledge of the local market and can guide you through the entire condo buying process. We can answer your questions,  advise you on what to look for during the inspection,  and help ensure your new condo meets your expectations.  Contact us today for a stress-free and successful condo purchase!

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