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Thinking of Selling Your Levittown Home?

March 16, 2015 3:20 pm0 commentsViews: 87
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When original and long term homeowners consider downsizing, most look around their beloved homes and think about what to take vs. what to toss, what updating might be necessary (coat of paint?) and how much their property might be worth today (compared to that original price tag of $9000!).

In today’s real estate world, however, there are many other things to consider before contacting your favorite Real Estate Agent to place the For Sale sign in the ground.

Building Codes have changed, and many owners may not be aware of the many municipal regulations regarding the transfer of properties that have been established since they first purchased their homes.

Common issues impacting Levittown homes include:

• Original Underground Oil Tanks

• Termites (have you checked for mud tubes? Very common in garages)

• Inaccessible sewer connections (trees, sheds or pools blocking access)

• Un-permitted additions (converted garages)

• Outdated electrical services

• Non-working fireplaces (never sealed)

• Washer + Dryers in separate areas

• Original Heaters still in 1st floor closets or kitchens

• Radiant Floor heat no longer working (and possibly leaking)

• Fences improperly placed (with no set backs)

• Municipal Use + Occupancy Regulations (Includes electric, heater & chimney certifications and an inspection by the Township Building Inspector)

Now before you panic, your best bet is to contact your local township for a checklist of required items for the Use + Occupancy inspections, then start chipping away at the list. Also, take a good look around the perimeter of your property. Look for any signs of termites, look for the sewer pipe connection (look under any bushes or trees if you can’t find it), and check out the electric service line running to your home ((has it ever been replaced?).

The best thing to do is to contact an experienced Real Estate Agent once you decide to sell. The Agent will be able to discuss what needs to be done prior to listing the property—or at least prior to that first showing. Then you can feel more confident when that first offer comes in and the home inspection is scheduled. It is always best to be proactive. No one likes last minute—and possibly expensive—surprises!