New Home Inspections

Tarion Warranty Program

New construction of houses  in Ontario is usually warranted under the terms of the Ontario New Home Warranties Act. This is administered by the non-profit corporation Tarion. Your home is covered up to a maximum of $300,000.

ewN homes are held to a higher standard than older homes. In addition to the standard home inspection, there are over 250 categories of specifically warrantable defects, elements of which Meticulous Inspections is trained to recognize and categorize under the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAPHI) New Home Inspection program.

eticulousM Inspection’s reporting system identifies deficiencies in the correct category with clear descriptions and photos to help the homeowner submit the correct information for warranty claims. The report includes a special section for TARION warranty items that gives clear and easy to understand information.

indingF deficiencies,  can save the owner money since the builder will have to fix them. Early in the first year of occupany,  trades and sub-trades may still be close by on the development site. Repairing defects quickly will help prevent secondary damage, which is NOT covered by Tarion.

Inspection of New Condos is similar.ABOUT CONDOS

Find deficiencies EARLY before they find YOU and cause unrecoverable damages.


Concrete splatterThe Pre Delivery Inspection is where the builder’s representative will record (mainly cosmetic) deficiencies on the PDI Form.  Functional deficiencies should also be noted by checking the operation and condition of all functional systems, including the water heater, furnace and HRV, as well as much more.  Meticulous Inspections can act as your designate if you cannot make the PDI appointment.


The One Year Warranty Period includes defects in work and materials.  You can make  warranty claims for these up to one year from the Date of Possession, within two periods, the first 30 days (30-Day Form) and last 30 days (Year-End_Form).   Anything found during this time that has a 2 or 7 year warranty should be claimed on these forms as well.


 For defects that are warranted up to 2 years, you can claim anytime between 1 – 2 years after the Date of Possession, on the Second Year Form. The sooner the better, because these types of defects can cause secondary damages.   Some problems may only become apparent after the house has been lived in for a while, such as circuit breakers tripping, or water penetrating the building.


The builder covers major structural defects found within the first 2 years.  Then Tarion takes over to provide coverage for these defect in years 3 through 7.   Use the  Major Structural Defects Form to claim.





Note : The forms shown on this website are samples only, your Homeowner Information Package will contain the most recent legal forms with carbon copies as required.   You can also register warranty claims on-line through Tarion’s website.