does a home need a heater if it has a fireplace in it. We are looking at buying a foreclosed house that had a

Asked by Donna, Fresno, CA Thu Nov 13, 2008

wall heater in it but it is missing the heater . Will it pass an FHA inspecion with out it? It does have a fireplace in it.

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Katrina Hami…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Donna, I have been corrected...the heating of course is going to have to be addressed, it will need to be repaired, mis quote. It doesn't have to be a "Central Heat/Air", but central as in area of heat that will fill the home. Here are 12 common repairs requested from inspectors:
12 Most Common FHA Repairs

The purpose of a repair is to correct deficiencies which may affect the health and safety of the occupants or the continued marketability of the property. If possible, make any repairs to your home prior to the appraisal. This will improve the marketability and help the sale or refinance of your home go smoothly.

1. If the home was built prior to 1978, chipping, peeling paint must be scraped and painted. This includes interior, exterior, garages, sheds, fences, etc.

2. Any useful components (appliances, floor covering, etc.) of the home, especially the roof, should have 2 years of useful life remaining. A roof should have no more than 3 layers of shingles.

3. Broken windows and doors should be replaced.

4. The cause of negative drainage must be cured (i.e., improve drainage away from house, gutters, french drains, etc.).

5. Health and safety hazards (i.e. electric garage door opener won't reverse with resistance; burglar bars). GFIC outlets are not an FHA requirement.

6. Abandoned inoperable wells must be capped and sealed by a licensed well sealing contractor.

7. Safety handrails should be installed in open stairwells of three or more stairs.

8. Infestation of any kind should be exterminated (i.e., insects, mice, bats, etc.).

9. "Damaged or inoperable plumbing, electric and heating systems should be repaired". The appraiser will check these areas.

10. Structural or foundation problems must be repaired.

11. Flammable storage tanks must be removed and filler cap sealed from the inside (i.e., buried oil tank).

12. If there is a crawl space, it will be the homeowner's responsibility to make this area accessible so that it can be thoroughly inspected.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sun Nov 16, 2008
In order for any property to go fha it has to have functioning (running and working) central heating system, hot water heater, electric panel, water and sewer. It can have peeling paint, must have a stove, must have hand rails and must have flooring. Those are the basic items you should look for, for other guidelinges please check at
without thses basic items you probabily will not be able to go fha.
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Katrina Hami…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sun Nov 16, 2008
Donna, it's not the heating factor that is the issue here. The fact that a heater was removed and now may present electrical issues is what they will address. Damaged or inoperable plumbing, electric and heating systems should be repaired. The appraiser will check these areas. Here is an FHA guideline website that has lot's of good information.

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