5 Areas To Focus On During a PDI

by Sundaybell on October 24, 2011


Before you know what to look for when doing a PDI, you have to understand what one is! PDI stands for: pre-delivery inspection and when you’re buying a new home or condo, it is absolutely essential that you do one.

A PDI is conducted when your home or condo is pretty much ready for you to move into and is your chance to make sure that the builder has fulfilled their contractual obligations to you. For example, if you asked for granite counters and find there aren’t any, this is the time to point that out. Or if you spot a gaping hole in the ceiling, the builder is obligated to repair the problem before you take possession.

So where should you look when doing your PDI? Well, we made a list of 5 areas you should consider focusing on:

1.    Electrical

Defective plug points and light switches are easily missed, so when you do discover them later, it’s all the more frustrating! When conducting your PDI, come equipped with a cell phone charger to check all the plug points and a light bulb to test EVERY light switch and socket. Try out the stove, oven and poke around the fridge – everything should be in working order. Check out the freezer to make sure your ice cream won’t melt! It may sound like a hassle but it’ll save you time and trouble in the long run.

2.    Plumbing

Run ALL the faucets – bathroom and kitchen. Make sure you’ve got hot water. Run the shower AND bath. Also, flush every toilet (if you’ve got more than 1); many people don’t when doing their PDI and you can imagine how they feel later when they move in and find they toilet not working!

3.    Doors and windows

Open and close all the doors:

  • Closets
  • Bathroom(s)
  • Balcony
  • Bedroom(s).
  • Kitchen cupboards

They should all function noiselessly and smoothly, fitting flush with the doorframe. And don’t overlook the most important door of all: your front door. Not only should it fit properly but make sure the lock is in working order too. Do the same with all the windows. A very important factor to consider are drafts; make sure no heat is escaping in order to avoid a nasty energy bill in the winter!

4.    Exteriors and finishes

Your PDI should begin with your front door. Make sure the frame and door are in perfect condition – no nicks, gouges, cracks, etc. If you have a balcony, check it thoroughly. Once again, ensure the work has been done properly, that the railings are in securely, no chips or cracks anywhere. Kitchen countertops should be free from scratches, cracks or chips. This also applies to your sinks and bathtub as well.

5.    Floors and mirrors

Once again, these are areas where it’s easy to miss things during a PDI and trying to get them fixed at the builder’s expense later on can sometimes lead to headaches. Check the flooring in every room including the bathroom:

  • There shouldn’t be any chips or cracks in ceramic or stone flooring
  • In carpeted areas, check for any fraying or exposed areas.
  • Make sure any carpeting isn’t stained

Take your time; be thorough and go through EVERYTHING. Remember, it’s YOUR home and you’re paying a lot of money for it; you are entitled to be picky. Note down even the smallest detail that’s not up to snuff and if you discover later on that you’ve left something out of your PDI, don’t panic! You can include it in the 30-day warranty form that you can get from Tarion.

The video below shows a PDI in progress; note the part where the woman points out a chip in the wall.

What do you think about PDI’s? Share your experiences with us, both the good and the bad!


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