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Anita24, Home Buyer in 33012

During a home inspection does the water have to be put under the buyer name in order for it to be turned on?

Asked by Anita24, 33012 Tue May 25, 2010

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But for a comprehensive home inspection, the water DOES have to be turned on. It really doesn't matter--from an inspection standpoint--whose name is on the bill. Water is water.

As for whether the seller WILL be willing to do that, the answers below address that point.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Well Reben123,
This will depend on your contract and what you negotiated. Are you buying a bank owned home that stated utilities will be turned on at the buyers expense? Hard to answer the question with so little data. Consult your Realtor for the best advice. Typically the seller would have the utilities on for inspections but these days it is not uncommon for the contract to be negotiated where the buyer turns them on especially on bank owned homes or short sales.
Good luck hope you get the issue resolved.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 25, 2010
You may have to do that if it is a bank owned property. In regular sales the home owner should have the water on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
James Hiles real estate Broker Cleveland, Ohio


That is a very good question that many buyers do not consider and depends a lot upon, what type of sale, who owns the property, whatever was agreed upon in the paperwork and maybe what area you are in, this would be a question your Realtor should be able to help you with. In the last few years a lot has happened and the past has influenced the present. For a home inspection to be thorough and complete it should be on, this goes for the other systems as well.

Many of your bank owned homes are governed by the banks paperwork and often push the responsibility to the listing broker or the buyer, because they do not want the responsibility, understanding that the home was probably winterized once and they will not just keep paying to have it unwinterized and winterized after every buyer's inspection, many of these properties as well as shortsales or preforeclosres may have been vacant previously or not winterized correctly and the plumbing system may have already been compromised with cut pipes, burst pipes or missing equipment. Having the water on nay also cause more damage.

If a homeowner did not pay the mortgage, they may not have paid the other bills either. If you do have to pay to have the water turned on make sure the meter us on and you take a reading.

The closer you are to a traditional sale the water will often be on or paid for by the current owner, some banks will make sure the water is on. Your Realtor can write it in the paperwork that certain items be turned on for inspection, but watch the addendums that follow Don't overide what was written and keep in mind that these things may take a few days or longer to accomplish due to "red tape" and the availability of contractors and utility workers. Your answer may vary from one property to the next, just be careful what you are buying and how involved it can be.

Good Luck on your real estate journey!

James Hiles
Licensed Broker in the State of Ohio
Accredited Buyer Representative
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
Dear Anita,

If you're buying a short sale it's very likely you will have to pay to put the utilities on if they are disconnected. On a bank-owned sale, the water is usually just turned off at the street. Make sure your Realtor advises the listing agent to ensure utilities are on for your inspection! Also on regular sales, it's typically the Seller's responsibility to have the utilities on for inspections.

You may also need permission from the Seller to turn on the utilities in your name depending on the local utilities' requirements.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
It depends on the negotiation but most of the cases I had worked, buyer pays for the connection fee / dewinterization and winterization and seller pays for any use.

During private inspection , watter does not need to be turned on but inspection will be limited and might not be a good idea no to have it on. If seller already know that there are plumbing issues, seller might not want to tuner it on.

As always, talk to your Realtor, your best source of information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 25, 2010
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