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Tarion Talks is a podcast from Ontario’s New Home Warranty provider, which is designed to deliver a broad range of consumer information – for new home buyers, owners, builders and for other interested stakeholders. We hope you enjoy these conversations.

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Tarion Talks is a podcast from Ontario’s New Home Warranty provider, which is designed to deliver a broad range of consumer information – for new home buyers, owners, builders and for other interested stakeholders. We hope you enjoy these conversations.

    Tarion Talks: Your Pre-Delivery Inspection

    Tarion Talks: Your Pre-Delivery Inspection

    For new home buyers, the pre-delivery inspection – or PDI for short – can be an exciting experience. It can also be a little intimidating - after all, most of us are not experts in home construction.
    For this episode of Tarion Talks, our host Diana Pham is joined by Bob Thoburn, a Director of Stakeholder Relations at Tarion, to learn more about the PDI process and to answer some of the most common questions we hear from homeowners.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    A step-by-step walkthrough of how a typical PDI would work in Ontario; Explaining the PDI form, and what types of issues should be recorded on this important document; The responsibilities of your builder’s representative during your PDI; Advice on who you can bring to a PDI, and an explanation of the Appointment of Designate for Pre-Delivery Inspection form; Tarion’s PDI Checklist and where to find it.

    • 13 min
    Tarion Talks: Buying a Pre-Construction Condo

    Tarion Talks: Buying a Pre-Construction Condo

    Here in Ontario, condos are an increasingly popular choice among new home buyers – but they’re not without certain risks, and anyone interested in buying a pre-construction condo should be aware of what’s involved.
    For this episode of Tarion Talks, our host Daniel Caprara is joined by two of Tarion’s condominium experts – Ben Carino, from our legal team, and Assunta Salvato, from our Warranty Services department – to learn more about not only the risks, but some of the more exciting aspects of pre-construction condos as well.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    Understanding the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, and how it applies to certain aspects of a pre-construction condominium. A high-level overview of delays and cancellations, how they occur, and protection that is available to buyers. Possible variations between what was in your unit’s plans, and what may be found in the finished condominium. An explanation of “interim occupancy,” and other tips for what you can expect when you first move into a newly-completed condominium unit.

    • 13 min
    Tarion Talks: How to Shop for a New Home

    Tarion Talks: How to Shop for a New Home

    Buying a home is an exciting adventure – it’s one of the biggest purchases most of us will make in our lifetime.
    However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when buying a pre-construction house or condominium. So one of the best ways to get organized and feel more confident is by getting as much information as you can.
    This episode of Tarion Talks is all about getting that information – what questions should you ask? What are the tools at your disposal, even before you’ve reached the purchase stage? To find out, our host Tammy Frade is joined by two guests from Tarion: Angelica Cruz, from the Stakeholder Relations team, and Adrian Brown from the Customer Service team.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    The differences between buying a new home and buying a resale home; How to use Tarion’s Ontario Builder Directory, a tool for researching new home builders; Other methods – both online and offline – that new home shoppers can use to research a builder; MyHome Planner – Tarion’s app designed specifically for new home hunters – and the different ways it can help you in your search.

    • 13 min
    Tarion Talks: Delays

    Tarion Talks: Delays

    When you’ve signed the purchase agreement for your pre-construction house or condo unit, all you can think about is how excited you are to move in.
    While most new homes are completed and ready for move-in by their scheduled closing dates, there is always a risk that there could be delays. You can’t predict delays, but you can prepare for them by understanding what may cause them, and how you’re protected if they happen.
    In this episode of Tarion Talks, we dive deeper into the topic of delayed closings and their warranty coverage. Host Diana Pham is joined by Ryan Ding, a Tarion Warranty Services Analyst who is also an expert when it comes to delayed closings.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    Different factors that may cause a new home to be delayed; An overview of the different types of closing and occupancy dates (including the difference between “firm” and “tentative” dates); Steps homeowners can take, and helpful tools to use, in the event that your builder cannot meet your agreed-upon closing or occupancy date; Circumstances under which your builder may amend your agreement and/or extend your closing/occupancy date; Closing/occupancy delay compensation, and steps you should take when submitting a claim to Tarion.

    • 12 min
    Tarion Talks: Understanding Your Common Elements

    Tarion Talks: Understanding Your Common Elements

    Every condo owner has probably heard the term “common elements.” Fitness rooms, rooftop terraces, parking garages, garbage chutes, and mechanical rooms are just some of the items that fall into this important category.
    What some unit owners may not know is that, when things go wrong, common elements of a residential condominium project have their own separate warranty that is backstopped by Tarion.
    In our newest episode of Tarion Talks, our host Melanie Kearns, Tarion’s Director of Strategic Communications, is joined by two Tarion common elements experts – Bonnie Douglas, a Warranty Services Manager; and Chuck Murad, a Stakeholder Relations Manager – to provide an overview of common elements and the warranty that covers them.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    How to find out which parts of your condominium community – including “exclusive use” areas – are considered common elements; The importance of reading through your condominium community’s disclosure statement, and the enclosed declaration; The role of your condominium corporation when it comes to making a common element warranty claim; What to do if you discover a common element issue (and how to get updates on an ongoing repair); An overview of the repair timelines for warranted common element issues.

    • 13 min
    Tarion Talks: Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    Tarion Talks: Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    As we near the halfway point of summer in Ontario, this episode of Tarion Talks focuses on summer maintenance tips, as well as two home warranty terms you may or may not be familiar with: “seasonal” and “special seasonal.”
    Andreea Aslan, Senior Communications Advisor at Tarion, hosts this episode and is joined in discussion by two of Tarion’s Warranty Services Representatives: Glen Campbell and Christien Veroni.
    Topics discussed in this episode include:
    Maintaining your air conditioning system, and what to do if it stops working properly; Managing your home’s humidity during the humid summer months; An overview of which warranty-covered items are categorized “seasonal” or “special seasonal,” and how those designations may affect repair timelines; Advice for homeowners who are thinking about doing some landscaping, but want to avoid causing water penetration into their home.

    • 18 min

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