Hi, with pulte townhomes in fremont is it by law for the builder do the following -1. seal granite countertops. 2. install water softner?

Asked by Home_buyer, Fremont, CA Wed Sep 5, 2012

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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Sep 6, 2012
As stated below, there are no such requirements. Some granite comes pre-sealed from the factory and actually has a warranty; other granite is sealed on installation. Ask the builder to see which type you have. It’s always a good idea to seal granite periodically anyway. And home improvement store has a number of sealant options.

As for the water softener, most homes in Fremont do not have one – it’s totally optional and, in my opinion, not necessary. Fremont water quality is VERY good. Same thing applies to water purification systems.

Sears and Home Depot are good sources for built-in water treatment systems.
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Sunil Sethi, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
No. There is no such requirement. Sealing the granite is a very easy step, and something that any professional installer will do upon installation but should be redone every 6 months to 1 year depending on who you talk to. The cost of sealant is about $15 and can be obtained at any home improvement store. Water softerners are optional. Check with a local plumber on a bid to install one.
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Home_buyer, Home Buyer, Fremont, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
Thank you for all the input guys.
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Joe Patel, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
Usually granite countertops are sealed but water softner is optional.good Luck!!!
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Nina Daruwal…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
Builder will usually Seal the Granite COuntertops, but water Softners are Optional.
No law saying they have to do so.
Sealing granite is VERY simple, get a gel bottle from Home depot, take a soft cloth and cover the counter with the cleasr gel, let completely dry for 24-48 hrs and you are done!
Water softner installation is a personal preference.
All the best,
Nina Daruwalla
DRE#01712223
Web Reference:  http://www.ninadaruwalla.com
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
Home_buyer:

While both are a good idea, there are no laws I an aware of covering the two items listed above.

-Steve
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Christy Brock, Agent, Alameda, CA
Wed Sep 5, 2012
No. Your Realtor should have written these items in to your contract if you let him or her know that wanted these things done. If you did not use a Realtor, then it was up to you to have Pulte agree in advance and in writing.
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