Home Sale Inspections During COVID

Smoke Detector Regulations


The State of Massachusetts, under Massachusetts General Law chapter 148 section 26F and 26F 1/2 mandates upon the sale or transfer of certain homes the seller must install approved smoke detectors.

Certificates of compliance must be obtained from Ashland Fire prior to closing. Review the Home Sale Inspection Regulations (PDF) effective January 1, 2015 for more information.

Beginning June 1, 2020 - Scheduling an Inspection


Scheduling must be done by calling 508-881-2323 during normal business hours 9am to 5pm on any day of the week. A $50 check or money order, made out to the Town of Ashland, is required to be left in the kitchen of the property prior to the inspection. Inspections will be scheduled Monday through Thursday with the 2 hour window of 9a-11a.

Beginning June 1, 2020 - At the Inspection


A responsible party must be present at the time of inspection, However no one can be inside the property at the time of inspection. Aspecific time cannot be given due to emergencies and other events, the inspector can arrive at any time between the hours above on the day of the scheduled inspection. 

Inspections are good for 60 days, please schedule your inspection well ahead of your closing as days can become booked with inspections or inspections can be canceled due to emergencies.

Failed Inspections


If you fail the inspection you must reschedule in the manner above and there is a re inspection fee of $25.