You bought a pre-construction condo a few years back and now it’s time to take possession. But before you get your keys, the builder gives you the opportunity to do a pre-delivery inspection of your unit.  These inspections are mandatory and typically take no more than one hour with most properties.

 

I always recommend bringing the following to the PDI

 

1)      Original APS (agreement of purchase and sale) , floorplans and any upgrades

2)      Basic tools – Flashlight, tape measure, green tape

3)      Note pad

4)      Digital Camera or phone camera

5)      Electrical tester – If you want to make sure the switches & outlets are working

6)      Proper clothing, preferable steel toe boots

7)      PDI checklist

 

PDI check list

Here is what we came up with for a condo specific PDI checklist

 

 

Kitchen – Start your PDI in the kitchen & work your way room by room. In the kitchen there are several things to look out for.

 

1st check the hardwood or tiles, depending what’s inside your specific unit. You want to make sure there is no damage to the plank or tile. If there is damage, then put a green tape sticky on the spot & get the inspector to note down the damage that needs to be fixed.

2nd check the countertops for any damage along with the backsplash. Again if there is any damage like scratches or chirps but a green tape sticky to the spot.

3rd check cabinets & drawers by opening them. Make sure all the hinges are properly secure, and that cabinets are properly aligned, open and close without difficulty. Check for scratches or any damage.

4th open each appliances and make sure that they are properly installed and in working condition. Check for any damage – dents, scratches etc.

5th Check the sink and the faucet in the kitchen. Make sure that there is both hot and cold water. Fill the sink with water & make sure it drains properly. When you open the lower cabinet beneath the sink make sure there are no water stains underneath. This will tell you that the sink has been properly connected. Also make sure that the dishwasher is connected.

6th on the list are electric switches & lights. Make sure everything turns on and off and is in proper working condition. & check the entry door to the unit.

 

 

Living Room/Dining Room – There are very few things to look out for here compared to the kitchen, bathroom & laundry room in a condo.

 

1st check all the light switches to ensure they are working and turning on and off.

2nd check the floors for any damage/chirps. Keep in mind that your floors should not make any noise when you walk on them. Make sure that the baseboards are properly aligned and that there are no gaps or damage to these.

3rd if you have crown moldings, make sure there are no gaps, that they properly align and that there is no visible damage. Make sure that there are no scratches on the walls or that the paint is chirping.

4th if your condo comes with a fireplace, make sure it is in working condition and turns on and off.

5thcheck the windows & balcony door that they open & close and that screens are properly installed. Make sure that they lock & unlock properly and check the balcony railing to ensure that it is properly secured.

6th if you happen to have blinds/shutters in your unit, check that they open and close properly. You want to check that these are correctly installed as well.

 

Master Bedroom/Bedrooms – like the living room, you will want to check floors, windows, crown moldings & baseboards for damage. Check the trim & bedroom door to make sure there is no damage and that it opens and closes and that it is properly aligned. If you have a balcony door make sure it opens and closes.

 

Bathroom – your bathroom is just as important as your kitchen and consists of a few components.

 

1st are the tiles on the floor as well as in the shower or tub that you want to check for damage/chirps.

2ndcheck that the fan & lights are in perfect working condition.

3rdwhen you look at the vanity there are a few things to look at such as the mirror to ensure that there are no scratches, damage or chirps, that the lights above it work. The sink & faucet should have hot water & drain properly. Watch out for water stains underneath the sink to ensure there are no leakages and that everything is properly connected. Ensure that all the cabinet doors and drawers open and close and that the hinges are correctly secured.

4th –  is to check that the toilet is flushing and that it doesn’t leak anywhere.

5thcheck the caulking around the sink & the bath tub and or shower. Test the shower head & drain. Assure that all faucets are working and that there is hot water and that the water drains. If you have a shower door; assure that it opens and closes and that it is properly installed.

6th – open and close & lock the bathroom door and look out for any damage and that the door is properly aligned.

 

Laundry Room – this is an important component of your inspection. Take your time to assure that it is done accurately and that you don’t miss anything.

1stMake sure that the vent is going up and out of the unit.

2ndtake a look that the water is connected

3rdI recommend turning on the washer & dryer to assure it functions.

4thcheck the dryer & washer for any dents & scratches and open and close the door.

 

Exterior and common elements – This is something that you do not have to worry about as this is the builder’s responsibility.

 

Air condition / heating and Mechanical

–  would just recommend turning on the unit. Most condos have AC on in the summer and heat on in the winter so you will not be able to test either the AC or the heat depending on the season.  

 

Closets

– I would advise to slide doors open & close to assure they are working. If there is glass check for scratches and chirps or cracks and take a look at the closet rack installation.

 

Pro tip – If floors are dusty make sure to note that on your PDI as there might be floor scratches which are not visible until the floor is clean

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