With regards to the larger items such as structural, mechanical and electrical, the City inspects these items priorto signing off on the new home or building. In addition, these items are covered by Tarion.
As such, you don't really NEED an inspector to go through the unit. However, if you want to be pro-active and locate any major deficiencies in the home before anything goes wrong, then by all means conduct a home inspectionfor peace of mind.
If you've purchased from a reputable builder, I wouldn't spend money on an inspection.
On average an inspectionwill set you back $350-$450.
If you do get an inspection, the PDI would be a good time to get the inspector in but the inspection can take placeanytime following the PDI as well. Any deficiencies discovered by the inspector can be included in your 30 day or 12 month Tarion form.
Hope this helps.
I very much found that the PDI was a great time to catch the smaller items like paint touch ups, missing this or that, etc. A lot of the larger items, things like electrical/foundation/structural I for the most part am not clear on the codes, and thus don't know where I have a leg to stand on. I really liked Roy's post, I definitely will take greater advantage of my 3 and 12 month points in the future.
Is the PDI the only time pre-delivery to be able to have an inspector go in? or is it possible to have it be a separate inspection from the PDI?
Great tip on the TARION web site Matt! I've never heard of this, I'll definitely be checking it out!