If your home is in Hopkins, you’ll need a Truth in Housing evaluation to sell:
- All single family homes, duplexes, condominiums, and townhouses are included
- The report is good for one year or one sale
- Any items marked “Required Repair” on the report must be corrected. Other deficiencies may be noted but will not require repairs
- A city employee will inspect the repairs after they’re done, not Apple (we’re licensed contractors)
Selling your home
Before any residential property in Hopkins is put up for sale, it must have a “Truth-In-Housing” evaluation. These evaluations provide prospective buyers with information about the condition of the house and garage, as well as help to eliminate any health and safety concerns in Hopkins neighborhoods.
Having your property evaluated
You will need to contact a licensed independent evaluator to evaluate your property. Evaluators are private inspectors who have passed a certification test with the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, or Bloomington. Fees for the evaluation are set by the individual evaluator.
The evaluator will conduct a visual inspection of all aspects of the house and garage and rate them, based on current codes, as:
- Meets minimum requirements
- Below minimum requirements
- Repair/Replace These items must be corrected before you can close on the sale of your property. View list of common items.
After the evaluation has been completed, the evaluator will file your Truth-in-Housing Disclosure Report (download page A of the report) with the City of Hopkins, as well as provide you with a copy. You must make this report available to potential buyers at the time of a showing and share it with every prospective buyer.
Your report is valid for one year from date of issue and only for the owner named on the report. Any questions concerning the content of the report should be directed to the Truth-in-Housing evaluator whose name and phone number appears at the bottom of the report.
Closing the sale
In order to close on the sale of your house, you must provide the buyer with a Certificate of Approval. This is issued after all repair/replace items on your Truth-in-Housing Disclosure Report have been corrected or arrangements have been made for their future correction. Learn more about receiving your Certificate of Approval.
Common Repair/Replace Orders
Items marked repair/replace on your Truth-In-Housing Disclosure Report must be fixed before you can close on the sale of your property. Some of the most common items in this category are listed below.
Smoke detectors are required on each level of the home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area.
Problem: Improperly located
Smoke detectors are not allowed in kitchens, garages, or other spaces where the temperature can fall below 32°F or exceed 100°F. In basements they should be located near the stairway leading to the floor above. See Smoke Alarms for correct placement.
Problem: Extension cords in lieu of permanent wiring
Installing an outlet requires an electrical permit.
Problem: Open junction box
Problem: Missing knockouts
Problem: Uncapped wiring
Problem: Missing or broken switch or outlet cover plates
Problem: Certification required
You will need to contact a licensed contractor to test the heating system. The furnace may show signs of leakage or cracks in the combustion chamber. The contractor is required to obtain a permit if there is a new furnace installation.
Problem: Improper venting
Problem: Not enough clearance to combustibles
A one-inch air gap is required between vents and studs. Use either copper pipe or electrical conduit to separate the stud and sheet metal across the studs.
Problem: Missing or inoperable temperature and pressure relief valve
Problem: Undersized or improper height of relief drain piping
Relief valve piping is required to extend no less than 6 and no more than 18 inches from the floor. No permit required.
Problem: Improper venting
Vents must be continuously venting upward.
Problem: Back spillage at draft hood
A licensed contractor must test the water heater and verify that it is no longer backdrafting. The contractor is required to obtain a permit if there is a new water heater installation.
Problem: Open drain (missing trap)
Problem: Leaky toilet
Problem: Open sewer line (broken or missing cover)
Problem: Missing floor drain cleanout plug
Problem: Missing backflow preventer/anti-siphon device
This is required on lawn irrigation systems and boilers.
Problem: Uncapped gas line
Capping a gas line does not require a permit. To install gas piping requires a permit.
Problem: Flexible gas line to appliance
This is not allowed unless AGA approved. There will be an AGA tag on it.