Yes, the City of Westland does require a city inspection prior to the closing. Unless specifically negotiated in the purchase agreement, it's the seller's responsibility to schedule and pay for the inspection. You might want to call the City of Westland Building Department at (734) 467-3210 to see if the inspection has been completed. If it has, you can go into their office and review the report. If it hasn't, I'd have your agent call the listing agent to find out when they plan to do it.
Because it's a short sale situation, if there are any issues that need to be addressed from the inspection, the seller may not have the funds to address the issues. Therefore I'd encourage that the inspection be done ASAP so that the bank is aware of any issues that need to be addressed to sell the property.
Best of luck to you & let us know how it goes!
I have listings that are now in short sale status --
I encouraged the seller to consider ordering an inspection initially to know what they'd need to bring up to code, etc. Yet, many times, those are
1) only good for so long as codes change and are revised
2) banks/agents don't pay or order it in a timely matter (many times they need to be paid up front in person at the building dept)
3) the seller may no longer have the funds to pay for it
Since you're most likely going to nbe responsible for finishing up the items required for occupancy, you may want to get the inspection ordered yourself. It's a small charge but could have a huge impact on your decision to continue as you may decide waiting on the bank to reply if the home needs major updates may not be within your budget, etc.
Yes, there are many communities in Wayne County that require municipality inspections and a C of O prior to closing. This should most certainly be accounted for in your purchase contract, so your agent should very easily be able to respond to this question. It is usually possible to have the inspection, and have the city agree to the items being addressed after closing, within a certain period of time, and at the buyer's expense.
Revisit the contract to see who is responsible for this. Standard practice for me is to request the Seller handle this.
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Derek Bauer, Associate Broker / Realtor
Real Estate One
734.678.4745 - direct