Informing clients on the extent of a MA home inspection?

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CustomerWho is responsible for informing Clients on the nature and extent of a Massachusetts home inspection?

A. The home inspector

B. The seller or seller's representative

C. The buyer or buyer's representative

D. The Director of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations

Massachusetts has some unique laws regarding home inspections.  A common assumption would be that the service provider (home inspector) is responsible for informing their client on the nature and extent of their service (home inspection).  This is NOT true in Massachusetts. 

According to Massachusetts General Laws (MGL chapter 13 section 97); The director of consumer affairs and small business regulations shall publish an informational brochure on home inspections.  The brochure shall include a definition of a home inspection such that the nature and extent of a home inspection is made clear to the client or prospective client.

According to Massachusetts General Laws (MGL chapter 112 section 87YY1/2); The seller/seller's representative shall distribute a brochure published by the office of consumer affairs and small business regulations educating consumers about the home inspection process.  The brochure shall be distributed at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase.

The answer to the above questions is B and D.

If you have questions about a MA Home Inspection or are interested in becoming a licensed MA home inspector then contact me for more information.

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Comments (4)

Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We very much appreciate you sharing this information with us today.

Dec 24, 2016 06:30 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good information.....I hope you have a wonderful  holiday season!

Dec 24, 2016 06:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, this is very different, as our home inspectors are the ones that deliver this news.  

Dec 24, 2016 06:37 AM
Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

Joan - Yes, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts seems to have a unique perspect regarding home inspections and consumer protection.  This can become a challenge when the buyer is relocating to MA from out-of-state.

Many FSBO in MA are not aware of their obligation to inform buyers about MA Home Inspections.  Just another of many reasons to have a listing agent.

Dec 26, 2016 05:40 AM