new condo - deficiency walkthrough - limitations?
We are astonished to be told that "the builder" for a new (highish end) condo we are buying has a policy of only letting the actual owners of the suites come for the walk-through for deficiencies (which is a week or two before the closing date). We don't understand why that would be, unless they are not confident about the outcome... or consider it more important/more likely to keep their time expenditure to a minimum this way.
We only just met a person ("builder"/foreman?) involved with the actual building construction recently; the realtor (acting for both the developer and us) seemed to be the gatekeeper for most inquiries all along.
We are so NOT competent to properly "see" let alone address all issues (there are at least a few), and apparently they allot about an hour. The realtor says that if issues are identified after that, they'll still be dealt with. But it seems to us that it would be more efficient at the very least to have more eyes on board at walk-through time with "the builder". We'd like to bring a couple who, having often dealt with builders and done many renos, are quite knowledgable. And we figure some things could cause extra work, mess, wastage and hard feelings the longer the wait. All along we assumed we could bring someone along so did not fret so much about having to know so much ourselves.
We wish to trust (as far as we know the realtors and builders have a good reputation overall) but don't want to unwittingly neglect at this crucial time as this is a significant investment financially and otherwise. Thanks for any comments - usual practices (if it matters, we are in Canada), experience, feelings, advice?