What are they? Do I need one? How do I prepare my home?

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 (POS), Time-of-Sale Inspections, or Code-Compliance Evaluations. A TISH/Point-of-Sale evaluation differs from a buyer’s home inspection and it isn’t as thorough. The focus of the TISH inspection is on risks to life and/or health. The inspection 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 of inspectors licensed for your city. Once you have decided on an inspector, let us know the name of the inspector as well as the date and time of the inspection.

Roger Bovee
Bovee Inspection Services Inc
Scott Scheunemann
Scheunemann Home Inspections

A TISH Inspection vs. A 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 1 – 1 ½ hours.
  • Has inspection standards & requirements, set by each city, that the licensed evaluator must meet.
  • Report often includes both required repairs and recommended repairs.

A 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 Twelve Twin Cities Metro Cities

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

Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Compliance Program

The Inflow and Infiltration (I/I) Compliance Program is being required by the Metropolitan Council for both West St. Paul and Golden Valley as a result of excessive clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. Both cities require all properties to have a sanitary sewer inspection prior to being advertised/offered for sale.

Cities that no Longer Require a POS

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.


Additional 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:

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: