First Year Inspection
After owning the house or cottage for close to a year, you should be familiar with how most of the major systems are functioning. However, it is possible to overlooked hidden deficiencies and especially if you did not get a 30 day inspection on your home or cottage. It is essential to carry out the first year inspection before the end of the 12-month period or the builder may void the warranty if you report deficiencies after the scheduled end of contract. If you did not have a pre-delivery inspection, then we strongly suggest a first-year inspection, done in the 11th month.
Within the first 30 days is a critical time for your new home or cottage inspection. Your builder will possibly supply a walk through inspection showing you some of the ins and outs of your new home. This is a good idea since he will show you how your home operates. We at DoubleCheck Inspections have found numerous construction deficiencies visually during the 30 day inspection period.
It is in your interest to hire an experienced independent DoubleCheck inspector, (Registered Home Inspector) to find out as much as possible about your new home in the first 30 days so the builder and Tarion can be notified of these problems.
When buying a property, you should change the locks for all the external doors including the door to the garage from your home and also the car/door key or combination to the garage door opener.
Tip # 2:
If there is still construction or landscaping taking place around your home or the neighbours then we would advise turning off the water from inside your home that feeds the exterior taps and also shutting down the breakers that supply the exterior power to you home.