The inspector the buyer hires often takes several hours in the house. Buyers question whether they need a home inspection. When a defect like knob and tube wiring is found that insurance will not cover, it's best to know ahead of time. Or when a vent pipe is not properly venting out, but spewing hazardous waste gas into the house, it's good to know ahead of time. Time after time, a house that looks pretty good has a list of defects the home buyer should know about. Often the home inspection is the first "honey do" list!
Some buyers want to compare the St. Paul city inspection to the buyer's hired inspection.
St. Paul Truth In Housing Disclosure:
- 4 page letter size checklist
- Inspector usually finishes in less than 30 minutes
- Covers are not removed on electrical panels, furnaces, or attic hatches in some cases
- Usually a detailed report specific to this house with illustrations and/or photos
- Usually takes several hours to perform
- Inspectors remove electrical panel covers, furnace covers, and access attic hatches
- Can include suggested maintenance items that are not covered in the city inspections
The buyer's home inspection took four hours today. It's the second inspection for this client, but the benefit from the first convinced them they wouldn't buy a house without an inspection. The last inspection was in the big St. Paul snow storm. We all knew to expect about four hours. Four hours is a long time for a toddler to keep going. Personally, I would have liked to curl up with him!