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Truth in Housing (TISH) Inspections

Truth in Housing inspectionsWhich cities require a Truth in Housing inspection? We’ve assembled a list below and we can help you through the process. The inspections go by various names depending on the city (TISH, Time of Sale, Point of Sale, etc.)

The first seven are done by private companies like Apple. The last five are done only by city employees. Click on the link below for your city.

Truth in Housing Q & A

Which cities need an inspection?

The 12 cities above require some kind of inspection when selling. The type of inspection varies by city.

What does TISH stand for?

Truth in Sale of Housing.

How much does a Truth in Housing cost?

Rates vary, but most evaluators are within $10 to $20 of each other. My rates are as follows:

  • Single family or townhome – $195
  • Condo – $175
  • Duplex – $235
  • Re-inspection (2nd trip) – $65

How long is the report good for?

In most cities it’s good for one year or one sale. In Minneapolis it’s good for two years or one sale.

My old TISH report expired. Can you update it for me?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to “update” a report. You have to start over with a new inspection and a new report.

My house is already on the market. How soon can you get over here?

I usually just need a day or two notice to come out and do the inspection.

What do you look for?

I go through the house and rate everything according to today’s building codes. Plumbing, electrical, heating, the attic, the garage, pretty much everything. If your city has required repairs, they’re usually safety-related items.

Do I have to fix things?

In some cities, yes. In others, no. Click on your city above.

I’m selling my house as-is. Do I still need an inspection?

Yes. But most cities that have repairs will allow the buyer to take over the repairs (if the buyer is willing).

Do I have to be there?

No. I have an electronic key, the same kind that realtors use. Any other lockbox works too. Of course, it’s fine if you’re home.

How long does it take?

About an hour.

How do I get ready for the inspection?

If there’s an attic hatch, try to make it accessible ahead of time. I’ll also need to get into the garage.

When do I get the report?

Later that day.

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes. I have to be both licensed and insured to do this kind of inspection. Evaluators must have extensive knowledge of the building codes and pass several challenging tests to get a license. It’s not as easy as it looks!

What’s the purpose of a TISH inspection?

Truth in housing inspections are intended to eliminate common safety hazards and generally improve the housing stock. Some cities require repairs after the inspection, while others don’t.

Most houses have things that don’t meet today’s code. Most of these things are “grandfathered in”, meaning you don’t have to fix them. For example, most stairways don’t meet current codes, but you’re not required to repair them. Each city decides which things they want to be fixed, if any. These are usually safety-related items like electrical hazards, smoke alarms, and plumbing cross-connections.

Buyers often hire another home inspector to do another inspection. That’s up to the buyer. There’s no legal requirement that they do so. A buyer’s inspection is a private transaction and has nothing to do with the Truth in Housing inspection.

After the inspection, we type up the report, file it with the city, pay the filing fee, and email you either a PDF file or a link to the report on the city’s website. It’s usually available the same day. The report is public and must be available to potential buyers. A printed copy must be on display at the house whenever there’s a showing.

For photos of typical repair items, click here, or go to the page for your city for a more detailed list.