I know this a HAND question but I have been unsuccessful in reaching them. I’m under contract on a foreclosed home. The plumbing is off because of a known leak. I know for inspections the water has to be turned on. I’ve already had an estimate to get the leaks repaired. If I pay to have the leaks repaired before my inspection, is that money reimbursable to me at closing?
I’m afraid I honestly don’t know the answer for that one off the top of my head. HAND regulations are one of my weak spots. The normal requirement is that all utilities must be turned on for the inspection, and I don’t know what HAND may allow under circumstances such as yours. Keep trying to reach them and I’ll do a little digging on your behalf too.
Good Day! Not sure if you are still going through with this property but I went with a foreclosure as well and the plumbing was turned off because of leaks. I had my home inspection and the inspector noted that plumbing was turned off in his report. But at the same time of the inspection I also has a licensed plumber come out and give me a report of what he could see needed to be repaired. When the Hand Department wrote up my repair list I submitted the report from the plumber. You don’t want to pay to have the leaks repaired on a house you may not close on. Even if I wanted to repair the plumbing for my inspection I was told by HUD that I could not under any circumstances turn the water on. Scarey but it all worked out.
I’m in the same situation with HUD. They will allow the electricity and gas to be tuned on, but won’t allow the water to be turned on. I just participated in the HAND Property Qualification workshop webinar and informed them of my situation. I asked the question if I could have a licensed plumber assess the plumbing to identify what work needs at the property and the response was “No, all utilities must be on”. NACA needs to be consistent. If they have allowed it in the past, then they should continue.