Order Your St. Louis County Inspections Early
Post by Mark Harder, Councilman
St. Louis County Council District 7
We’re at the peak of the selling season for St. Louis County inspections. The current wait time for an occupancy inspection can be as high as four to six weeks. I know it has been a problem for REALTORS® to get inspections in unincorporated St. Louis County and this can impact closings if you are not proactive. This could be the difference between closing and not closing.
I encourage you to apply for the occupancy inspection when you secure the listing agreement. Once the initial inspection is completed, the property owners have a list of necessary repairs and have 90 days to make those repairs. When the repairs are complete, and the final inspection is performed, the property owners now have an additional 120 days before the County requires the names of the new occupants to complete the occupancy permit. That’s seven months that the REALTORS® have to work with, so there is no need to wait until you have a contract before applying for occupancy inspection.
Also, St. Louis County is currently looking for qualified people to employ in the inspection field to assist in shortening our inspection times, so please pass the word along to anyone that might be a good fit. People with ASHI certification or building arts experience would be a plus.