What Retrofits Are Required by Law?
Most cities and counties require that a property be in compliance with updated Health & Safety and Water Conservation standards in order to close escrow. The upgrades needed to satisfy the city or county standards are known as "retrofits" and are typically paid for by the seller.
Retrofitting requirements vary by state and county, but typically include:
- Installation of smoke detectors
- Installation of carbon monoxide detectors
- Installation of water heater bracing.
Less common retrofitting requirements include:
- low-flow toilets and shower heads
- Seismic gas shutoff valves ("earthquake valves") and tempered glass on sliding doors in earthquake prone areas
Retrofitting requirements change often, so it's best to call your town or city building department and ask what retrofitting will be required when you sell. Local property inspectors are also a great source of knowledge and are typically up-to-date on city and state requirements.
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