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 things to the PDI (Pre-Delivery Inspection) –

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

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

3)      Notepad

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 checklist:

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 put 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 appliance 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.


5th – Check 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.


2nd – Check that the fan & lights are in perfect working condition.


3rd – When 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.


5th – Check the caulking around the sink & the bathtub 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.


1st – Make sure that the vent is going up and out of the unit.


2nd – take a look that the water is connected.


3rd – I recommend turning on the washer & dryer to assure it functions.


4th – Check 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 sliding the doors open & close to assuring 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 list as there might be floor scratches which are not visible until the floor is clean.

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