Gigal, Home Seller in Los Angeles, CA

what are the requirements that must be done before you sell. Like low flow toilets,hot water heater bolted to wall. I live in LA.Ca Thanks

Asked by Gigal, Los Angeles, CA Tue Apr 24, 2012

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In Los Angeles you are required to have your water heater braced and strapped properly, an earthquake shut off valve installed at the gas meter, low flow toilets and shower heads, appropriate carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors and have safety glass installed in areas that require it.

There is a City of Los Angeles 9A report that will be required upon closing that certifies that these items have been taken care of, or will be taken care of as a condition of the sale. That requirement cannot be waived, however parties can agree to handle it outside of escrow, and either party can complete the repairs. These are the minimum upon sale requirements in the City of LA. Other cities in the LA area may have different requirements and you can find them on their City Building and Safety websites usually. Also a local escrow company can probably tell you what the current city ordinances require upon real estate transfers.

I hope that helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 25, 2012
Hi Gigal, I'm assuming you are asking how to best prepare your home for the market and by "hot water heater bolted to wall" you mean a tankless water heater? If your water heater is old(er), researching the tankless option is certainly a good idea, however, if your water heater still has plenty of life left then your resources may best be spend on other areas in your home that could help draw more interest or set you apart from the competition.

Before you list your home you want to make sure that everything is in good working condition.. any issues, big or small, should be addressed prior. You also want to make sure it shows nicely - meaning clean & decluttered - curb appeal and a wow-factor will help sell your home faster.

Any Realtor would be happy to discuss your home selling plans with you, prepare a Comparative Market Analysis, check out the competition and give you tips and advice on how to get your home in the best possible showing condition.

Research Realtors in your area and/or ask family, friends, neighbors etc. for recommendations.

Best wishes.
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