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Truth in Housing and Time of Sale Inspections

Truth in Housing inspectionsWhich cities require a Truth in Housing inspection? We’ve assembled a complete list below and we can help you through the process. The inspections go by various names depending on the city (Time of Sale, Point of Sale, etc.) If your city isn’t listed, it doesn’t require an inspection.

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

Q. Which cities need a Truth in Housing inspection?
A. See the 12 cities listed above.

Q. How much does a Truth in Housing cost?
A. It depends on the city and the evaluator you hire. My rates are as follows:

  • Single family or townhome – $195
  • Condo – $175
  • Duplex – $225
  • Re-inspection (2nd trip) – $65

Q. How long does it take?
A. About an hour. A little less for a condo, a little more for a duplex.

Q. What are you looking for?
A. We go through the house and rate everything according to today’s building codes. Plumbing, electrical, windows, the garage, pretty much everything. Safety hazards are the main emphasis.

Q. Do I have to fix things?
A. In some cities, yes. In others, no. Click on your city above.

Q. Do I have to be there?
A. No. I have an electronic key, the same kind that realtors use. Any other lockbox works too if your realtor puts one there. Of course, it’s fine if you’re home, too.

Q. When do I get the report?
A. Later the same day.

Q. How long have you been doing this?
A. About 14 years.

Q. Are you licensed and insured?
A. Yes, we 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!

Truth in housing evaluations are intended to eliminate common safety hazards and generally improve the housing stock. Some cities require repairs after the inspection, while others don’t. Click on the link above for your city.

The evaluation takes about an hour. The evaluator goes through the house and rates everything according to today’s building codes. Most houses have things that don’t meet today’s code. Most of these items 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 items they want to be fixed, if any. These are usually safety-related items like electrical hazards, smoke alarms, and plumbing cross-connections.

After the inspection, your evaluator will 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 is required to be on display at the house whenever there’s a showing.

For photos of typical repair items, click here.