PSA- Tarion 1 year warranty form
For discretion, I’ll keep builder names out of it. I bought a detached home from the builder which closed in 2019. Since I don’t live particularly close to the property and also figuring this is my last shot at warranty claims I decided to hire a professional inspector to do a home inspection for the one year Tarion form. I found an inspector who was familiar with the process and even filled out the form with his findings.
To make a long story short, among the 40 or so findings he had, 39 were relatively minor but the 40th one he found some mold on the subfloor in the basement which was very difficult to otherwise detect. My tenant had no idea and had been living there quite some time.
At first the builder tried to deny it and fixed everything but this one issue. Eventually I threatened the builder that I would file for conciliation with Tarion if there was no action…they tried to call my bluff but once I actually did file they got serious about it and referred the matter to their own insurance company.
Long story short - a year of fighting but in the end, this one finding wound up being a nearly $40k remediation and the builder’s insurance company covering it as well as temporary accommodations for my tenant who had to leave for several weeks to accommodate the repair.
So my PSA - consider spending $400 on a professional inspection for your 1 year and make use of every avenue available through Tarion including the conciliation process. Don’t let the builder try and bully you, and make sure you pay attention to the deadlines and filing requirements.