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Yasmin, Home Buyer in 90230

When buying a house is it a requirement that it is equipped with a working heater?

Asked by Yasmin, 90230 Wed Oct 3, 2012

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Johnny James’ answer
Required by who? If the home is being financed by a lender they will require that the home is in good enough condition for you to live in the home. If you are buying a home without financing nobody will require anything to be working. If you are purchasing a home a property inspection is a good idea but not always a requirement.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 14, 2012
The only time I can think of is perhaps with an FHA or VA loan. In California especially, there are lots of homes sold where the heater has never even been used!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 4, 2012
Cash: obviously would not matter

FHA/VA/Conventional: home must be 'habitable'

Conventional will not necessarily check to see that the heater is working.

FHA/VA: appraiser works as a property inspector and will check to make certain the heater, etc. is in working condition. It must be for the appraiser to clear the property.
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