Selling your Home in Tahoe
Tahoe is such a beautiful and unique market – When selling your home there are a few additional disclosures that will need to be completed prior to selling your home. Below are a few items that you will want to be aware of.
Wood Heater Statement of Compliance – Wood Stove and Fireplaces are of particular concern in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Due to the cooler temperatures and the mountain heights, it is particularly difficult for the smoke to leave the basin. This increases pollution levels and poor visibility. With all the fireplaces in the area the TRPA enacted this compliance to remove older stoves and get them replaced with more efficient cleaner burning alternatives.
What does this mean to you? There is a form that must be filled out and sent to the TRPA with information regarding the fireplace in your home. If you happen to have an older fireplace you are not required to do anything about it – you just have to submit the information to the TRPA for their records. For more information you can go to www.trpa.org and look under “Homeowner Info”
BMP’s/Best Management Practices – In the Tahoe Region the TRPA requires the installation and maintenance of BMP’s on all developed properties. The BMP’s are designed to minimize the soil erosion, maintain fire defensible space and capture polluted storm water before it enters Lake Tahoe.
What does this mean to you? A form to the TRPA must be filled out and sent in regarding the current BMP that may or may not have been done to your home. If the BMP’s have not been completed at your home there is a company that will come out and give you a free estimate on how much it will cost to be in compliance at your property. You can visit www.tahoebmp.org for more information.
Sewer Testing – Last but not least the sewer testing for your home is required and typically recommended to complete as soon as you go into escrow. Your agent will make the appointment for the inspection. Make sure to check with your Escrow/Title company first as there are times that the inspection is not necessary if it has been done recently (within the past 10 years) The inspector will do an air test to ensure there are no leaks in the sewer piping. This again is to ensure the clarity of the Lake.
What does this mean to you? If you have purchased the home within 10 years and are selling you may not be required to do the inspection. (Be sure to check with your Escrow/Title Company) If required you will need to do the inspection – check with your agent on when he/she suggests that the inspection be done. In the event that there is a leak typically – the seller pays for this repair as the home will not close escrow until completed.
Your Wells and Bennett sales team is here to help you please email or call 530-583-2301 and we will be happy to assist with whatever your needs are.