Pre Sale Inspection in Carson California

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Ace Home Realty DRE#01206592

In 1999 the city of Carson passed an ordinance that requires a homeowner or seller to have their property inspected by an inspector employed with the cities Building and Safety department.  This inspection is also known as a pre-sale inspection.  This pre-sale inspection in Carson California must be performed prior to the property being transferred to a buyer and is the sole responsibility of the homeowner or seller.  Inspector

In order to comply with this ordinance, the seller or homeowner but do the following:

  1. Complete an Application
  2. Pay the Inspection Fee
  3. Make an Inspection Appointment
  4. Correct any Violations
  5. Give a Clear Report to the Buyer

An Application for Residential Property Report for Sale or Transfer of Residential Property must be completed by the seller or an authorized representative of the seller such as their agent.  Once the entire application is complete it must be taken to the building and safety department with the appropriate fee in the form of cash, credit or cashiers check.

At the time you pay the appropriate fee, you can also schedule an appointment for an inspector to come out and inspect your property.  Before the inspector will appear, you must contact the Building and Safety department between 7:00 AM - 8:30 am to confirm your appointment and to get a window time for your inspection, if one is available.  If you are given an inspection time, it is imperative that you be there so that you could better understand the violations that need to be corrected, if any. 

A pre-sale inspection in Carson California may or may not have violations that need to be corrected.  However if items are found that need to be corrected, then it is the responsibility of the seller to have them corrected and reinspected to obtain a clear report.  Once a clear report is obtained a copy must be given to the buyer prior to closing and proof must be submitted to the Building and Safety department within ten days of closing proving that the buyer received their copy. 

A pre-sale inspection is one of the things that you must do if you want to sell a property in the city of Carson.  If you are interested in selling I can help you comply with this ordinance. Whether you are up to date on your payments are behind, in foreclosure or default, received a Notice of Default or Notice of Trustee Sale, upside down or you have plenty of equity, I can help you sell your property.

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Sharon -- we have a couple of cities in my market area that also have a similar inspection ---- in some cases, the seller and buyer can agree to the buyer taking responsibility for any code violations after escrow has closed.  All parties must sign a waiver and agree to a time frame for the re-inspection to take place.   

Aug 20, 2012 05:39 AM #1
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Sharon Sanchez
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Hey Michael.  Thanks for your comment.  The same thing can be done in Carson also.  Have a wonderful and prosperous day.

Aug 20, 2012 05:45 AM #2
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Home inspections here are not mandatory. They are an optional contingency made by the buyer. A termite inspection is required and paid for my the buyer.

Sep 18, 2012 04:16 AM #3
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Sharon Sanchez
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Hi Tammie.  It's amazing how things vary from state to state.  In California there are several cities that require a mandatory pre-sale inpection.  They have adopted this procedure because properties were being upgraded without permits, garages were being converted to living quarters, etc.  So the city instituted this to get revenue and to get unpermitted structures converted back to their original state.   So with that being said, pre-sale inscpections are mandatory.  Home inspections and termite inspections are not.  The buyer normally pays for the home inspection and the seller pays for the termite work.  Little different than what's happening in TN.

Sep 18, 2012 04:36 AM #4
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Given that scenario, I can see why pre-inspections are required. I'm thankful that's not the case in TN.

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No mandatory home inspections here.  We always encourage our buyers to get a home inspection and those that finance through Rural Development are required to do so by the lender.

Oct 17, 2012 10:55 AM #6
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Sharon Sanchez
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Hi Judi.  We do the same thing here, but there's several cities that require a pre-sale inspection that's paid for by the seller.  They're basically looking for unpermitted structures.

Oct 17, 2012 11:06 AM #7
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Mary Douglas
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Hi Sharon, for a listing we verify with the building department that any additions, garages etc have been permitted..but our county doesn't require a pre-inspection like this one.  

Oct 20, 2012 11:32 PM #8
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Sharon Sanchez
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Hi Mary.  That's a great method, but because so many Californians are Sue Happy, we advise the buyer to check the permits on file with the Building and Safety department if something is questionable.  That way they can't say the agent said this that and the other.  They verified it themselves.   If they find something wrong later, they can't sue  blame us.

Oct 21, 2012 07:46 AM #9
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In our area we have a mandatory home inspection before closing of course unless it's a cash deal.  I always encourage even cash buyers to get an inspection.  Rather be safe than sorry.

Oct 27, 2012 04:22 AM #10
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Sharon Sanchez
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Hi John, I think that's a good policy.  It helps the buyer as well as the seller and agents involved.

Oct 27, 2012 06:19 AM #11
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Wayne Johnson
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Sharon-That's a great way to verify the building permits are being obtained. If one did not have a permit, would the city allow for obtaining a permit after the conversion rather than tearing our whatever improvement was added?

Oct 27, 2012 07:38 AM #12
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Sharon Sanchez
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Wayne - Sometimes the city will allow them to apply for a permit for a patio, but normally they require room additions and converted garages to be torn down or converted back to its original state.

Oct 27, 2012 10:32 AM #13
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Sharon -- sometimes it seems some of the city inspections are purely for revenue purposes and not really about the health and safety issues that was the original purpose.   

Feb 28, 2013 04:30 PM #14
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Sharon Sanchez
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Michael I totally agree.

Mar 01, 2013 03:31 AM #15
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