What’s The Difference Between A Buyer’s Home Inspection and A City Inspection?

One of the first steps after getting into escrow is for the buyer to schedule a home inspection. Your inspector will do a thorough inspection including things such as: testing appliances, checking electrical boxes and wiring, crawling under the house (if there is crawl space) to see if there are signs of pests or leaks, checking the attic, etc. I highly encourage my client’s to do this as soon as possible so that we can become aware of any major issues and hire any specialists if the inspector advises further investigation (ie: plumbing, roof, fireplace). Doing your home inspection right away will also allow for more time to negotiate repairs with the seller if needed. A home inspection can run anywhere form $200-$400 depending on the size of the property and the service you choose.

In the Los Angeles County some cities require that you get a pre sale inspection. This has to be ordered directly through the city and has to be scheduled by the seller. There are some exemptions to this inspection but in most cases the city will not allow escrow to close with out clearance on your city inspection. Some cities may even require that you do your inspection prior to placing your home on the market. Every city has different requirements, some search for healthy and safety issues while others are looking strictly to see that any additions have been done with permits or up to city code. I have included a list of cities in the Los Angeles County that require a pre sale inspection. City inspections can range anywhere from $100-$200.

Buyers and Sellers:
If you are going to be buying or selling in one of the cites that require an inspection I urge you to visit the cities website or call to see what is required. A city inspection can take a couple weeks to be scheduled so to insure a smooth escrow, it would be wise to order this sooner than later. I highly recommend that the city inspection should not be done in replace of a buyers home inspection.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or real estate needs: LaurenW@hmsold.com


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