Minneapolis Truth in Housing

Minneapolis Truth In Housing Inspection Tips

When you are selling a home, you likely have a lot on your mind, and the Truth in Housing Inspection can feel like just one more headache. We try to take as much pain out of the process as possible. Set up an appointment with one of our inspectors. During the inspection we will show you what items are “required repairs”. You may not have any items that need repairs, but if you do, you will have some options. First, if you choose to make the repairs, then we will come back at a later date to re-inspect the repairs. Or, if you decide to simply sell the home as-is, you are done. We will then file the report with the city, and the buyers will be required to make the repairs after they are in the home.

The most common ‘Required Repairs”

You can save yourself some time and money by having the following items done before we arrive.

1. Make sure you have a working smoke detector on each level of the home, including the basement. These can be cheap, $5 battery powered detectors. The best place to locate them is on the ceiling, just make sure you keep them at least about a foot away from any walls. For more information, see the video below!

2. You should have a “backflow preventer” screwed onto your outside faucets and at the threaded faucet spout at the laundry tub (if you have one).

Backflow Preventer

3. Look for a jumper cable attached to the water piping near the water meter. This heavy duty wire should be attached to the pipes on either side of the water meter and “jump” across the meter.

Jumper Cable

4. Make sure there are no electrical outlets or switches that are missing covers and have bare wires exposed. These wires should be protected, and the covers re-installed.

5. Make sure there are no uncapped gas lines in the basement near the laundry equipment, typically this would be where a gas dryer was used in the past.

6. Lightweight flexible gas lines. Some clothes dryers or stoves may have lightweight  flexible connectors behind them. The type that must be replaced are typically a dull brass color, as shown below, and really do have very thin walls. These can get kinked and leak fairly easily. These need to be replaced with new stainless steel lines, soft copper or rigid steel piping.

 Proper Gas line Improper Uncoated Brass Gas Line

This is just a partial list of the many things the city requires , but if you have these items covered, you will greatly reduce the chances of needing a second visit for a re-inspection. You can learn more about the Minneapolis Truth in Housing Program at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/inspections/TIH-home.asp