Who should I call if I have questions about the construction of my house?
Your primary contact while your home is being built is always your sales agent.
Can I visit the house during construction?
No, you cannot make unscheduled visits to the home on your own. For safety and insurance reasons this is not allowed. You will have an opportunity to visit the home with our Site Superintendent prior to the installation of the drywall, and again with an Inspector prior to closing.
There does not seem to be any progress on the construction of our house lately. Why?
Construction progress is affected by factors such as the availability of permits, trade schedules, material delivery, and weather. There may be times when progress appears to be at a standstill, and other times when a lot of progress is made very quickly.
When will the driveway be paved?
The backfill around the house needs time to settle. It is best to wait for approximately one year before paving to avoid future settlement problems. Normally, driveway paving begins in the month of June each year and is finished by October.
When will the outside be painted?
Exterior painting often begins in late May. It may take some time until the exterior paint is complete on all homes that were built during the winter.
When will the trees be planted?
Trees are planted in the spring or late fall for better survival. NOTE: Utility boxes, light standards and driveway locations may prohibit some properties from having a tree.
What kind of tree will be planted on my lot?
Landscape plans are available for viewing at the sales office on your site. Tree types cannot be changed, since the city approves them.
How long will the inspection take?
Please allow yourself two hours, depending upon the time of year and the size of your home.
If I want to hire a Private Home Inspector, whom should I get?
Selecting a home Inspector is an important decision. We suggest that you select someone who is registered with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors and carries proper insurance. The OAHI sets qualification requirements, regulates its members and grants the ‘Registered Home Inspector’ designation to qualified Inspectors. Registered members of the OAHI have achieved the highest standard of training and education in the home inspection industry. A list of qualified home Inspectors is available at www.oahi.com.
I’ve hired a private Home Inspector; may I bring them to the PDI Inspection?
You may, but our experience has shown that this is not the ideal time for a private home inspection. Our field staff will have plenty of information to review with you during, and after, the PDI inspection. We like to make good use of this occasion to provide you with a comprehensive orientation to your new home, talk about the components of the house, and review important maintenance and warranty information with you. Consider scheduling your private home inspection after taking occupancy of your new home.
Where do I get my house keys?
Your keys will be available for pickup at our lawyer’s office the day of closing.
Where are my garage door keys?
If your garage keys are not with your house keys, then they will be hanging on the inside of the garage door on the locking mechanism.
Can I schedule things such as movers, phone connections, appliances etc. for closing day?
We recommend that you do not schedule movers, or any appointments in the home on the day of closing. The closing process and transfer of the keys normally happens in the afternoon of closing day. It may save you time and money to schedule these things at a later date.
Where do I pick up my mail?
Canada Post will provide you with this information. Visit their website or call 1.866.607.6301.
What do I do if the roof leaks, the plumbing leaks, or the heat does not work?
We have a list of emergency contact numbers listed under the “Homeowner Resources” tab of our website for each community. You can also reach out to our manager of After Sales Service (contact info is listed on our website under “Contact Us”
I just moved in and the repairs from my Pre-Delivery List are not complete. When will they be rectified?
Depending upon the time between your Pre-Delivery date and your closing date, repairs may be in progress. A representative from our service department will contact you to set up appointments for the outstanding items. If parts need to be ordered, they may take several weeks to arrive. Follow up repairs will be added to your 30-Day Form.
I just moved in and noticed that some items need to be fixed right away. They are not on my Pre-Delivery List. Who do I call?
Contact our service department.
Why are there gaps between the hardwood floorboards?
Hardwood is a natural wood product and changes in dimension with changes in humidity. Lower humidity levels may cause the boards to visibly shrink. Proper control of the indoor humidity levels will prevent this from happening.
Why are the hardwood boards puckering and showing ridges?
Hardwood is a natural wood product and expands in width when the environment is humid. If the boards do not have room to expand, they push upward with a visible pucker or cupping. Proper control of the indoor humidity levels will prevent this from happening.
Why is there only one heat vent in this room? Why are there no air return ducts in all the bedrooms?
The HVAC contractor calculates the size and location of the supply ducts and air return vents, after the architect drew up the floor plans. The location and number of installed vents is calculated by computer modelling and does not always mean there will be one floor register per window or one return in each room.
Why are my windows full of moisture? There is ice forming along the bottom edge of the window.
If warm moist air inside the house comes in contact with the window glazing on a cold day, moisture may condense on the windowpane at the edges of the glass near the frame. On very cold days, the condensation may freeze, forming ice. You need to ensure that moist air in your home is removed at its source. Run the HRV on high for 15 minutes after a shower and use the range hood when cooking to lower humidity levels.
Where can I get a set of plans or blueprints for my house?
We do not provide working drawings or plans. These can be requested from the city after closing.
Why has my front walkway sunk down a few inches after the snow melted?
This is due to the normal settlement of the backfill around the house. We will repair this type of settlement, once, at the time of the year-end repairs. If your year-end repairs happen during a winter month, the repair will be delayed until the following spring.
The snow has melted and I notice that the sod is very lumpy. The landscapers have not rolled it since it was installed.
The lumps will even out when the frost is out of the ground. Avoid walking on wet sod or freshly installed sod. The landscapers roll sod once, immediately after it is installed.
Why are there no survey pegs on my lot?
Survey markings may no longer be visible after the lot is graded and landscaped. Please do not use wooden stakes as evidence of lot lines. A survey certificate, included in your Sales Agreement, maybe helpful. Alternatively a surveyor can accurately mark out your lot lines.
My air conditioner does not work. The house is not cooling down.
Ensure that you check the following before calling:
- Thermostat is set to “cool” and at least 5° below the house temperature.
- Breaker switch is fully in the “on” position.
- Exterior wall switch (located near the A/C unit) is on.
If the unit still does not start up, please contact your service representative. Remember that the air conditioner takes time to cool off the house. Sustained high outdoor temperatures will cause the indoor temperature to temporarily rise. You may save on cooling costs by closing the window coverings during the day.
Why is the fireplace giving off a burning smell?
The burning smell is normal for a new fireplace. It is the oil left on the unit from the manufacturing process and it needs to burn off. The best thing to do is to run your fireplace for six hours to burn the oil off. You may need to open some windows to keep the smoke alarms from sounding.
The fireplace pilot light went out and I can’t get it to light.
The proper instructions for relighting the pilot light are located on a plate behind the lower grill of the fireplace.
Why are the outside plugs not working?
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) has probably tripped. The GFCI outlet is located by the front door or in the garage. Reset it by pushing the small reset button on the outlet. If the GFCI has not tripped, check the circuit breaker in the main electrical panel.
Why is the plug not working in the main or ensuite bathroom?
The GFCI in the powder room has probably tripped. The reset button needs to be pushed to restore power to all three bathroom plugs.
Why is the ESA sticker on the breaker panel not signed?
Once the final electrical inspection has passed, the ESA will forward the paperwork to our electrician. The sticker on the panel is not normally signed as part of this process.
Why has the front porch slab (basement floor slab, garage floor slab) cracked?
As the concrete cures and hardens, it shrinks and may crack. Settlement and changes in temperature also contribute to cracking. Generally cracks do not indicate a defect and do not require repair. Floor slabs are not a structural component of your home.
Why is the foundation cracked?
As is the case with floor slabs, concrete foundation walls crack as a result of shrinkage and/or settlement. Generally cracks do not indicate a defect, and do not leak. If you detect leakage at a foundation crack, contact the Service Department.
Why is the garage floor or porch floor starting to flake?
Salt, combined with freeze/thaw cycles that occur during winter, may cause serious erosion to concrete surfaces. Most often the front edge of the garage floor is affected. It is important to keep these areas clean, and to apply a suitable sealer on a yearly basis to prevent salt damage.