Originally published in the Toronto Sun on September 2, 2017.
Buying a new home is an adventure. There’s chasing down the neighbourhood of your dreams and uncovering the very perfect place to call home. And, in between, there are a good number of steps you’ll need to carefully navigate to avoid stressful pitfalls.
That said, this adventure isn’t one you’ll want to leave to chance.
That’s why the new MyHome Planner app is a must-have for anyone in the market for a new home or condominium, or for those who’ve already signed a purchase agreement. This free app is powered by Tarion, the organization that regulates Ontario’s new home builders and administers the new home warranty program for new home buyers.
MyHome Planner is your guide to shopping and purchasing your new home.
As you shop for a newly built home, the app answers many of the questions you may have about current and future development projects in Ontario as well as the companies that are building them.
The app connects you to Tarion‘s Ontario Builder Directory where you can access valuable information about builders - from how long they’ve been registered with Tarion to how many homes they’ve built in the province and whether Tarion has ever had to pay out a warranty claim on their behalf.
Once you’ve signed a Purchase Agreement for a new home, MyHome Planner will keep you organized and informed. It will track important dates and appointments that stand between you and the keys to your new home. And, it will offer you insights and tips for every step in between.
A good example is the Pre-Delivery Inspection, or PDI as it is commonly called. This is your first opportunity to walk through your home before you take ownership.
Many new home owners who look back on their homebuying experience wish they’d gone to their PDI armed with more information about what to look for and what questions to ask their builder. The MyHome Planner app helps by offering you tips, articles and resources that will help you get the most out of this important step.
When you’ve finally got the keys and you’re fully moved in, don’t think that your adventure is over. To protect your investment, you’ll need to understand the seven-year warranty that comes with every new home and condominium in Ontario.
The MyHome Planner app lets you know what is covered and what isn’t. The app also connects you to MyHome, Tarion‘s online tool to manage your warranty coverage in the years ahead.
MyHome helps you submit your warranty claim forms easily and keeps important correspondence from Tarion that explains what happens if your builder doesn’t complete repairs.
Buying a new home is a huge undertaking and likely one of the biggest investments in your life - so be sure to start your new adventure on the right foot.
Download the free MyHome Planner app on GooglePlay or the Apple App Store