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Building and Inspections: Time-of-sale inspection Q&A

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
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The City’s time-of-sale inspection program was updated starting April 1. As part of the home selling process in Bloomington, sellers must apply for a “Time-of-Sale” or TOS inspection to be completed by a licensed inspector. This inspection helps to enhance the supply of safe and sanitary housing and prevent deterioration of the overall housing stock in the city.

Q: What are the changes to the TOS
inspection program?

A: City Council approved bringing the administration of the program completely in-house, within the Building and Inspections Division. This realignment will allow the City to mitigate concerns about past inconsistencies within the program such as, varying fees between independent inspectors, timeliness of reports being processed, and inspection findings. The updated program streamlines the process for the property owner with a one-stop shop approach to schedule an inspection and to make a payment to one entity. These changes also have the potential to help first-time homebuyers navigate a complicated process.

Q: What does an inspector look for during a TOS inspection?

A: The TOS inspector will examine the dwelling’s visible structural elements, and heating, electrical and plumbing systems. Unoccupied areas such as attics and crawl spaces, if inaccessible, will not be part of the inspection.

Q: When should I contact the City for an inspection?

A: You should request a TOS inspection as soon as you are thinking about selling your home. The TOS inspection report must be on site and available for any potential buyers when the property is listed, per City code.

Q: What is the turnaround time for an appointment?

A: City inspectors will provide the inspection within 48 hours of the time the request was made. If City inspectors are unable to meet the 48-hour turnaround time, a list of private licensed evaluators who are contracted with the City will be provided.

Q: Will the inspector also provide the Time-of-Sale Energy Disclosure?

A: Yes, this is completed at the same time by the same inspector.

For information on this program and the updates, visit blm.mn/tos or call 952-563-8930.