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De-Winterizing the House - Who Pays?

Around here most of the bank owned (foreclosure) properties have been winterized and all the utilities are off.  In the case where a buyer makes an offer that is accepted and they want the home inspection completed who is responsible for de-winterizing the property and getting the utilities turned on?   Also, is there a cost to have this done?

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • February 15 2009 07:36AM


I can only answer what happened to my clients on the purchase of a HUD home, the clients had to pay for the utilities to be turned on for an inspection, with hefty deposits to the utility companies,  I was glad they did buy the home because it could have been a large expense to them.  HUD requires the clients/buyers to pay for the utilities to be turned on and the agent must be there at the time of the utility company arrival. 

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 9 years ago

My guess and that is all it is, is that it would seem to fall to the buyer.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) over 9 years ago

In Michigan it is sometimes the seller, sometimes they state it is the buyer.  Just depends 

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

As a home inspector I've done more than my fair share of inspections on home that have been foreclosed and usually trashed. Here in Pa the cost always falls on the buyer. Usually there are deposits involved in getting the utilities turned on. The Realtor either gets a handyman to be around when the utilities are turned back on or arrangements are made with the home inspector if he/she is qualified and insured to do it.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 9 years ago


I believe in Jersey if you want to have a house dewinterized for inspection....the buyer must pay to have it de-winterized and re-winterized.  It's just the cost of doing business.

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Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor over 9 years ago

My buyer had to pay a plumber to dewinterize the plumbing and the seller/bank was responsible for turning on the electricity with no cost to my buyer.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Here it depends. Theoretically, the seller should pay to have the home INSPECTABLE (water on, electricity)... etc. With bank owned properties, good luck getting them to do that!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 9 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann, Most of the listing comments I seen indicate that the buyer will pay to have it de-winterized..usually between $175.00 and $200.00....!!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

What does the contract and bank addendum say? Usually the contract will state that the seller must have all utilities on for the buyer inspections.

Posted by Rich Mielke, REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate (REMAX Results, Frederick MD) over 9 years ago

Stacey-Ann - I believe the cost usually falls to the buyer, but I think each case is different.  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 9 years ago

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