Is a Home Inspection Required?

Top Notch Inspections always advises buyer's to require a pre-purchase inspection contingency as part of the purchase agreement. Your new home is often times your biggest purchase and largest investment so it is important that you make an informed decision. This holds true even in cases where you are purchasing new construction as it's not uncommon to find material defects and contractor oversights.

If you are selling your home, we recommend a pre-listing inspection. The chances are the buyer will require a pre-purchase inspection anyways and now is a good time to any identify problems that could otherwise be discovered by the buyer's inspector. It's better to find out now than wait!

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Some Cities Require a Home Inspection

Some Minnesota cities have Truth-in-Housing or Point-of-Sale programs which require a home inspection be completed either before the home is put up for sale or prior to closing. In some cases, mandatory repairs or corrective actions may be required, while in other cities the inspection is only to disclose defects.

The requirements for each city will vary and these type of compliance inspections almost always differ from an ordinary homebuyers pre-purchase inspection. While they will identify certain defects in accordance with city requirements, we still recommend a detailed homebuyers pre-inspection be performed.

The first list below are cities that require require a home inspection. The second list is a list of cities that require an inspection to be performed by a city employee or sometimes a licensed sub-contractor. Check the city website (links provided) for further details of the city requirements.

Top Notch Inspections offers homebuyers pre-purchase inspections in all of the cities listed below.

Cities Requiring a Home Inspection

City Phone Number Repair Required
Bloomington 952-563-8700 Yes
Hopkins 952-935-8474 Yes
Maplewood 651-770-4560 No
Minneapolis 612-673-2370 Yes
Robbinsdale 763-531-1266 Yes
St. Paul 651-266-8440 Yes
South St. Paul 651-554-3220 Yes

City Inspector Required

City Phone Number Repair Required
Golden Valley 763-593-8030 Yes
New Hope 763-531-5100 Yes
Richfield 612-861-9700 Yes
St. Louis Park 952-924-2588 Yes

The lists above are maintained and deemed to be reliable but not guaranteed. Please contact us if you have any questions.