All parties to a transaction should be sure to check the city / county /
village in which the property is located to determine what, if any,
occupancy inspections are needed at the time the listing is taken. This
will be invaluable information when a purchaser is found for the property.
In some cases the inspection can be done early and may be valid for up to
one year from the inspection date.
I am not referring to a certified home inspection by a licensed home
inspector; these are specific regulation inspections for occupancy permits
issued by the appropriate governmental body.
most cases, logically speaking, this will be a sellers charge as the sale
cannot be completed if the property does not pass the inspection, and the
closing may be delayed without the appropriate paper work.
example, as of November, 2007, the Village of Millstadt has contracted with
the County of St. Clair to complete the inspection of all property to be
transferred within the village limits and issue the appropriate paperwork
and permits to confirm compliance with the County Code and the Village has
agreed to adopt the St Clair County Property Maintenance Code in its
you might guess there is a fee for this inspection and appointments must be
made in advance in order to avoid what we refer to as “Closing Panic”. That
is why we are suggesting that this inspection process be initiated at the
listing time. I will not presume to quote any fees for these inspections as
each city / county / village may have different fees, as well as possibly
additional inspection requirements.
would, however, check to see what the period of validity might be before
setting the appointment. If the inspection is only valid for a 30 –60 day
period, then waiting may be the correct decision, however, if it is good
for a year, as the Millstadt inspection is, then having it done sooner will
certainly avoid problems later. Just be sure to journal your file to get
the order in at as early a date as possible.
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