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City/County/Village Inspections

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.
 

Understand, 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.
 

In 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.
 

As an 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 entirety.

As 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.
 

I 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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