Homes For Sale - Important Safety Concerns To Keep In Mind
When you sell a property to someone, you must be concerned that the home is safe and has no obvious hazards. As a seller simply disclosing a safety defect won’t solve your problems. Most states require that you repair any defects prior to selling.
Many states require that the seller of every single-family dwelling sold must notify the buyer of any operable smoke detectors. Other states require a fire extinguisher on the property, or that there be appropriate safeguards in the event of a hurricane, tornado, or other natural disaster. To get detailed information on what your local requirements are, contact a great real estate agent to quickly fill you in on this important information.
Every building has the chance of fire, no matter how fireproof it is. The use of plasterboard walls and taped joints will often prevent fires that begin in furniture from spreading beyond that room. Household wallpaper is often rated in how flame-resistant it is in terms of how many minutes it can stand a direct flame without passing the fire through to the other side. Depending on the thickness and material, it can be more than an hour.
Reasonable safety precautions for fire include smoke alarms. Every home should have at lease one smoke detector, or at least one on every floor. For the best protection there should be one in every room. They are well worth the money and effort usually costing under and taking less than fifteen minutes to install.
Another question here is to go with the battery operated smoke alarms, or the ones powered by the electrical system in your home. Some building and safety departments require smoke alarms that attach to the electrical system, while others insist on battery operated devices. Many real estate professionals suggest installing some of both types to insure yourself, as well as future owners of your home.
Fire extinguishers aren’t usually a requirement, but they sure are a great idea in the event of a fire. A fire extinguisher should be kept in the garage, as well as one in the kitchen. They tend to be easy to install, and use in an emergency. If you look around you can get a pretty good deal on a few, and some insurance companies will provide you will a discount on your fire insurance premiums.
If you own a property with a well it is important to have the water tested for toxic chemical, metals, and other contaminations. One of the most common issues homeowners have occurs when septic tanks are placed too close to the wells, leading to sewage contamination of the drinking water. Buyers will want to be presented with these testing results.
Some homes have septic tanks. The septic tank itself separates the liquid sewage from the solid waste. The liquid sewage is then pumped into a leach field, where it dissipates into the soil. A leach field is a large plot of ground with small holes buried several feet deep, which prevents sewer water from flowing to the top.
About the Author: Published by Joe and Colleen Lane, Realtors®. The Lane Real Estate Team services Tri City Wa Real Estate, Kennewick Wa Real Estate, Pasco Wa Real Estate, Richland Wa Real Estate, and surrounding Southeastern Washington Communities.