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Make that “$3.00 Repair” before you sell your home. It could save your life.

Make that “$3.00 Repair” before you sell your home. It could save your life.

I have two goals for this post. First is to remind sellers to take care of the little fixes before listing their home. Maybe you are a procrastinator like “yours truly.” You know there are some small fixes that you have been putting off. That dripping faucet could be one, or maybe the shut-off valve for the toilet is frozen. Maybe there is a dual pane window that has lost its seal. How about the sprinkler that is broken or the high bulbs that are burnt out? What about those screens that the kitten shredded? My favorite is the broken water pressure regulator that gives you high water pressure inside the home. Guess what 120 pounds of pressure could do to your plumbing? All of these items and more will show up upon inspection anyway and will need to be fixed. Plus, deferred maintenance makes the buyer worry that there may be more unseen items that are lurking behind the facade. My second reason for this blog is to remind you of a repair or modification that absolutely will arise on your inspection report, but is so important you should do it now whether or not you plan to sell. The modification I am thinking of is the damper clamp on the fireplace flue. This little $3 item could save your life. It is a retrofit that is now code in many cities. The flue is often kept closed when you are not using the fireplace, and of course opened when it is in use. With gas log fireplaces being so common and so easy to use, there is...

Real Estate Multilist Book – A Dinosaur

I got into real estate in the mid 90s (not 1890s.) We still had the real estate multilist book which was the size of a phone book. For those of you too young to remember the large phone books, they were about three inches thick and weighed about the same as a newborn. We did have computers as well – black and white. It took me all day to look up simple information because I was “computer challenged” at that time. As the computer became more common we began to email properties to our clients. With the “book” all the information was still under the control of the brokers and agents. Even with computers the brokers had all the real estate information. Some real estate agents were afraid that if they gave up control of the information their jobs would become obsolete. That has turned out not to be true. Brokers finally conceded that the internet world mandated that they work together and share listing information. This system is called IDX or Internet Data eXchange. Brokers that agree to the format share their listings. Today you will see pretty much all listings on any major broker’s website. Deals have been struck between major brokers and companies like Yahoo to highlight that particular brand but if you look in the small print, at the bottom there will be an acknowledgment of the actual listing company. My personal website has an IDX system that I believe is very good system for looking up actual “active listings” in Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. My personal website is set to show only active...