Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) Inspections

Several Minnesota cities require homes to have a Truth-in-Sale-of-Housing (TISH) Inspection prior to being offered for sale. In some cities these inspections/evaluations are also known as Point-of-Sale Inspections, Time-of-Sale Inspections, or Code-Compliance Evaluations. A TISH/Point-of-Sale evaluation differs from a buyer’s inspection and it isn’t as thorough. The focus of the inspection is risks to life and/or health. The report will list items as either a required fix or a recommended fix.

Truth in Housing Inspectors

The two licensed Truth in Housing Inspectors below have repeatedly demonstrated to us that they provide quality, reputable services; however, you are free to use any Truth in Housing inspector that you would like. You will want to check your city’s website to make sure your chosen inspector is on the list licensed for your city. Once you have decided on who you will use, let us know the name of the inspector as well as the date and time.

  • Roger Bovee
  • Bovee Inspection Services Inc
  • 651-653-5976
  • rabovee@comcast.net
  • Scott Scheunemann
  • Scheunemann Home Inspections
  • 651-646-0009
  • Scott.homeinspector@gmail.com

A TISH Inspection vs. The Buyer’s Inspection

A TISH Inspection:

  • Is required by certain cities.
  • Is set up and paid for by the seller.
  • Is required prior to offering the home for sale.
  • Focuses on risks to health and life.
  • Is a condensed inspection that typically takes about an hour.
  • Has inspection standards & requirements, set by each city, that the licensed evaluator must meet.
  • Report often includes both required repairs and recommended repairs.

The Buyer’s Inspection:

  • Is optional and some buyers decline the option to have an inspection performed.
  • Is typically set up and paid for by the buyer.
  • Is typically performed after the buyer has an accepted offer on a home.
  • Is thorough and typically takes about 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Required in Eleven+ Twin Cities Metro Cities

A Point-of-Sale Inspection and report from a licensed evaluator is required in at least eleven Twin Cities Metro cities, including:

The City of Golden Valley City requires all properties to have a sanitary sewer inspection prior to being advertised/offered for sale.

Cities that no Longer Require

Point-of-Sale Inspections are no longer required in Brooklyn Park, Crystal, and Osseo.

Avoid the Most Common Point-of-Sale Repairs

How to Prepare Your Home for a Truth in Sale of Housing (TISH) Inspection

There are many fixes/repairs that are quick and inexpensive and could be done prior to a point-of-sale or home inspection. Quite often, fixes that typically cost a few dollars may be left unchecked only to get quite costly later, during negotiations.

Here are the most common items that are sited on a Point-of-Sale Inspection.

THE THREE MOST COMMON ITEMS

Additional Common Required & Recommended Repairs

Some additional items that are common include:

  • Electrical Items
  • Plumbing
  • Gas PipingFurnace/Boilers
  • Gas Appliance Venting
  • Water Heaters
  • Gas Clothes Dryers
  • Fire Separation at Garage

You will find more information at the city links above.

Here are lists of common repair items for Minneapolis:

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