Pre-delivery inspection for the new house
A new house covered by a guarantee plan must pass a pre-delivery inspection before you officially take possession.
Required by law, you and your builder must complete this inspection using a pre-established list of elements to be checked, approved by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec. Nonetheless, this body recommends that you complete the inspection with an experienced person or a competent professional if you feel you do not have sufficient knowledge to perform this task yourself.
This inspection is extremely important, because it’s at this point that you must:
- note to your builder what work remains to be done, apparent construction defects, if any, and any other defects to be corrected; and
- agree with the builder on a schedule to make corrections.
This inspection is especially important because once you sign the relevant documents, the guarantee plan on the house becomes active, and any apparent defects you have failed to detect could become the object of legal action by virtue of your guarantee plan.