As the possession date of your new home or substantial completion date of your renovation approaches, your Builder will contact you to set up a “Pre-Delivery Inspection” or “PDI” (or “Substantial Completion Inspection” or “SCI” in the case of a renovation). This is a very important step in the home buying or renovation process. During the PDI/SCI, you and your Builder will walk through your home and your Builder will familiarize you with your home and its systems, including useful information on maintenance and upkeep. This is also the time to confirm that work on your new home is complete and satisfactory or to identify any outstanding items. As you conduct the inspection, you and your Builder will look for defects and deficiencies*. Any defects and deficiencies should be noted in writing on your Limited Home Warranty Certificate or Limited Home Renovation Warranty Certificate and attachment, if applicable. You and your Builder are required to sign off on this document(s) at the conclusion of the inspection. Your Builder will provide you with a copy and will also forward a copy to the Program. The Program will provide access to this and other relevant documents via the Homeowner Portal at www.saskhw.com.
The inspection can take several hours and will require attention to detail on both the Builder and the Homeowner’s part.
Your Builder should resolve all items noted on the PDI/SCI documents within a reasonable timeframe.
Items not readily apparent during the PDI/SCI but identified after possession or date of substantial completion are covered by the Builder’s warranty and backed by Saskatchewan Home Warranty. Items identified after possession or date of substantial completion date should be brought to your Builder’s attention in writing, in a reasonable time frame.
*For the purpose of the PDI/SCI:
Defects are items that have been installed and completed but require additional work. Typically, these are cosmetic and are related to fit, finish or appearance.
Deficiencies are items in the Purchase Agreement or Renovation Agreement which are incomplete or seasonal at the time of inspection.