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.
Bovee Inspection Services Inc
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:
- Bloomington Time-of-Sale (TOS) Inspections
- Hopkins Truth-in-Housing Evaluation
- Maplewood Truth-in-Housing Evaluation
- Minneapolis Truth in Sale of Housing
- New Hope Point of Sale Inspection
- Richfield Point of Sale Inspections
- Robbinsdale Point of Sale Inspections
- Saint Louis Park Property Maintenance Inspection Permit
- Saint Paul Truth in Sale of Housing
- South Saint Paul Time-of-Sale Housing Inspection Program
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.
The City of Golden Valley
The City of West St. Paul
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.
THE THREE MOST COMMON REPAIR ITEMS
- Minneapolis Department of Inspections – Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Minneapolis Housing Inspection Services – Smoke Detectors
- Do outdoor faucets have backflow preventers or vacuum breakers?
To check for leaks, the WCCO report suggests filling up a sink or tub, then pulling the stopper out and watching the pipes to make sure you don’t have any plumbing issues. You should do this for all sinks and tubs, including laundry sinks or industrial tubs. If a pipe is leaking just a little bit, you may be able to fix it with a basic wrench tightening.
Additional Required & Recommended Repairs
Some additional items that are common include:
- Electrical Items
- 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.