Ask the Inspector!
Below, we have listed questions most frequently asked of our home inspectors. If you have additional questions not covered here, please call Homeplace Inspections, Inc. at (952) 544-8141, or e-mail us at

Do I have to have my home inspected when I list it for sale?

Yes! If you live in Minneapolis, Hopkins, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Saint Paul, South Saint Paul, or Maplewood, your home must be inspected by a licensed inspector. If you live in Crystal, New Hope, or Richfield, a city inspector will do the inspection.

Do I have to fix anything after the required inspection?

Please refer to the other pages for information on what must be fixed. Different cities require different repairs.

Who is responsible for correcting the required items listed by the inspector?

The owner of the house is required to make the repairs before closing. Each city differs.

Do I need a buyer's inspection even though the house is newer?

Yes! With 25 years of licensed general contractor experience, we know if shortcuts were taken by the builder or the seller. The inspection cost is very inexpensive compared to what it could save you! We will also show you how the mechanics work and the maintenance the home may need.

Do I need a Seller's Inspection even though I have filled out a disclosure statement?

We recommend it. Even though you may have lived in the home for years, a licensed evaluation will keep you up to date on code changes and improper installation of plumbing, electrical, structural, etc. Following the licensed evaluation of your home, you, the seller, has the option to either 1.) correct the problem; or 2.) add them to your disclosure statement.

What does an inspection cost?

On a Pre-Sale Inspection, commonly called a "Truth-in-Housing," the total cost, including filing fee, is $175.

What does a single family Buyer/Sellers inspection cost?

Typically $300— based on age/square footage/location of the property.

Who repairs the items discovered by the inspector that I hire?

The inspector you hire should be a full-time inspector. He should know all the repairs required by each city so that if they are not on the "Truth in Housing" form, you can add them; the seller is required to correct them, which is to your benefit. Should the inspector find other items that are not a required repair, but cause concern, they can be negotiated by your agent.

Are all inspectors the same?

No. A buyer should "interview" an inspector, asking about his background, years of experience, in what cities he is licensed to operate, and whether he knows the city requirements. Your inspector's truck or van should be equipped with at least two ladders, so that he will be truly able to closely examine roofs and attics. Your inspector should attend monthly continuing education classes provided by various associations and be able to answer all of your questions regarding replacement costs, "how-to" projects, and life expectancies of roofs, furnaces, and air conditioners. The inspector should always have your best interest in mind.

What kind of report will I get, and when will I get it?

You should receive a written report the same day of the inspection.

What if I have questions about my house after the inspection?

Just call us! We've had the same phone number for over 35 years!

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