Jason Nenadov, expert advice and services to buyers and sellers (EQUITY ASSETS REAL ESTATE)

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Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Find a solar installer,  call Nova West and Pacific in Fresno. They will not give them any warranty or inspection certificate but ask who will service a unit. The battery systems of 5 years ago no longer are the standard. Do they have a line of car batteries in the garage? The buyers need to understand the fire hazard, shock hazard and be handy enough to deal with this or it's not a good fit. There should be an electrical solar expert in Fresno, I will make a few calls.  I have a solar system off grid, was installed by a genius who had a stroke. The solar and generator is not going to be enough in the winter or fog, they need propane for a propane refrigerator and stove. If location is say up at Three Rivers or far from Fresno expect large cost for this inspection. DO NOT offer opinions  - offer safety warning and make the buyers get an outside person to advise...  Disclose that you are no expert and buyer beware

Oct 03, 2018 01:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

No idea.

Oct 03, 2018 01:48 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

Wow, interesting, I did know about solar panels at all.

Oct 03, 2018 03:54 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

 Solar is very new. I have not found a good resource to check on solar for a resale. The installer would be first choice but they are not always around when they are needed.

Oct 03, 2018 06:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good luck.

Oct 03, 2018 02:07 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

the systems are not plentiful in my area....we haven't been faced with issues....

Oct 03, 2018 01:31 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

There are none in my area and we have several alternative energy sources in our area Jason Nenadov . Our Home Inspectors rarely work with anything that is not typical including radon testing or infrared scanning.

Oct 03, 2018 01:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I wouldn't buy a home with an off the grid system myself.  I don't know if they can even get a homeowner's policy or a mortgage

Oct 03, 2018 01:21 PM
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

Caroline Gerardo seems to have some good  suggestions for you.

Oct 03, 2018 06:26 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I don't have any idea. good luck. 

Oct 03, 2018 06:04 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

        Interesting question, Jason.  

     When/if this situation arises for me, I am going to ask my go-to inspectors who they would recommend. 

Oct 03, 2018 05:50 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Call the installer perhaps or the mfg and ask them about inspections?

Oct 03, 2018 03:18 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Sorry I don't believe I have ever had a need to have solar panels inspected.  As far as the battery backups ... or generators ... I am parked and reading.

Oct 03, 2018 03:11 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Looks like you have some answers.  

Oct 03, 2018 01:49 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I have not had to inspect solar panels before. I think I would call some of the trusted inspectors in your area to see if they will do the scope of work needed, and worst case, get on FB and ask agents in your area.

Oct 03, 2018 01:32 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've never sold a hoome with solar panels so never needed an inspection. Sorry that I can't be of much help here.

Oct 03, 2018 11:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes in life we have to self insure things that the others are not willing to insure.  Could be that the buyers will adjust their price accordingly and not pay anything extra for the system.

Oct 03, 2018 11:03 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I would call the solar installation company in that area to render an opinion. If you can't call your local electric utility and they may can help you with a name.

Oct 03, 2018 08:18 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We call the installer typically or the company that installed them.

Oct 03, 2018 07:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Sounds like Caroline Gerardo has your answer, Jason! Good luck with your transaction.

Oct 03, 2018 07:21 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Get a solar service contractor run some test and give his name or service repair estimates to the buyer.

Majority technology is from here. The technology is so new I merely watch the electricity meter spinning backwards. If I probe it with a DVM I do not know the specs. You need to inspect inverter, rectifiers and controller system sorry a little bit beyond my pay grid.

BTW: I worked with and know most of people running these US startup companies. Most are struggling and going out of business influenced by cheaper panel and systems from Asia. German government stopping subsidizing solar equipment for awhile.  Solyndra (GIGs thin film) was supported by Obama with him handling out a $500M grant it went bankrupt. Today Tesla uses the clean room as warehouse. Tesla is losing $2B a year.......   

Oct 03, 2018 06:48 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

OK. What EXACTLY do the buyers want checked?

Are they wanting to know if it works? Do you need an inspector for that? Just pull the plug and see what's still working and that nothing is smoking.

Do they have some operational parameters in mind that needs to be met? For example a very specific amp/hour capacity or 100% of battery capacity still available or if the panels are running at 100 or 65% efficiency?  That is why no one wants to touch these systems as an inspection.

Are they simply concerned if a hazard exits?

My advise is record the name of the manufacturer or installation company. Many are already out of business. Give them or someone who carries/services that brand, a call and request they conduct routine maintenance. Maybe your buyer has interest in a maintenance program where the system is checked on a periodic basis.  If you call it an inspection, they will tell you to go pound sand.

I have found the folks at Generac to be the most helpful.

If a power generator is also present, and it is diesel powered. make certain the technician is diesel certified. Otherwise is will be a complete waste of your money and time.

Oct 03, 2018 01:29 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Solar is an interesting technology. 

Oct 04, 2018 05:14 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

It will become a question that soon will be asked here.

Oct 04, 2018 05:00 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sorry, I have no idea.

Oct 04, 2018 04:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I have no clue and it's not an issue I have run up against, but Caroline Gerardo has some great advice I think!

Oct 03, 2018 08:21 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No experience with solar.

Oct 03, 2018 04:11 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Oct 04, 2018 05:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Glad to see you got some great answers.

Oct 09, 2018 08:37 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have the same problem with  my inspector, so I have to see what otheres are saying.


Oct 08, 2018 02:47 PM
Romylio "Romeo" Cordoba - NSB Realtor
Adams Cameron and Co. Realtors - New Smyrna Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate Agent

Those are rare here so I wouldnt know.

Oct 05, 2018 12:56 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

I have no experience with solar. YOu would think there is a lot of solar in South Florida but there is not. We are yet to sell a home powered with solar. We have sold a couple of homes where the pools were heated with solar. But that is it. 

Oct 04, 2018 07:54 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We have very few of those here - but my inspector does them - he's local though and not part of a nationl co. sorry

Oct 04, 2018 01:07 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Looks like Caroline Gerardo has got this one covered.  I don't know of any National or local inspection/repair companies.  Most in my area are leased, and the company that leases takes care of maintenance and repairs. 
I wish you all the best with this.

Oct 04, 2018 08:06 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There should be solar specialists that can do this.

Oct 04, 2018 06:35 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

It's been an issue with many home inspection companies & inspectors...

Oct 04, 2018 06:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Haven't bumped into this yet 

Oct 04, 2018 05:33 AM