When the Carbon Monoxide law passed 7 years ago in California, we were still in the midst of short sales. Since many of those sales involved abandoned and / or vacant homes, it was readily apparent to me that something so simple as a plug-in carbon monoxide detector, a device that costs less than twenty bucks at Lowe's, could make or break a sale.
Many short sale sellers lived out of state or were otherwise incapable of buying and / or installing a carbon monoxide detector.
So, I bought a caseload of those detectors from Amazon and stocked up. Whenever my supply ran low, I bought another case. Even today, I have an emergency CO detector two or three in my vehicle, but I'm not handing them out like candy anymore.
Most agents keep handy a CO detector. In fact, I recall a buyer's agent whose knickers were definitely in a twist because my AS IS seller did not install a carbon monoxide detector. It's required, she complained. Well, MLS disclosed the buyers were to comply and, at the end of the day, let's get real, that was a cash sale.
You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Do You Need Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors to Sell a Home?
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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.
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