Hiring an independent home inspector is a smart decision for newly constructed home. The major source of defects for homes less than 5 years old are the issues relating to the initial build, and not renovations. These issues do not often come up in the first year, and Tarion warranty can be difficult to claim after the fact.
There is a common misconception that because city inspectors signed-off during the different stages of the build, third party home inspectors are not needed. Unfortunately, the typical city inspector spends on average 5 minutes to look over each stage, and cannot be expected to catch everything. Another misconception is that since the builder hire their own inspector during pre-delivery inspection (PDI) to go over the house with you, your interests are covered. However, the pre-delivery inspection is rushed, and the inspector’s interests are conflicted.
An independent home inspector will represent your interests and catch things before they become a major issue. They can also be a professional voice of reason that help you hold the builder accountable.
Tarion has many claims each year due to poor workmanship. Take advantage of your leverage before the 30 day or 1 year Tarion periods and get the house you paid for.