Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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We have no such thing as a smoke certificate in my market. But my response would be simple... call the agent and ask their client to replace the battery to ensure the unit is functioning properly.

Oct 28, 2016 08:38 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I have packages of 9 volt batteries

Oct 28, 2016 04:06 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Nothing. Go to closing, and repair or replace the detector after buyers move in.

Oct 28, 2016 10:34 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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We don't have that in our state it's our responsibility & the sellers to have that stuff working at close. I'd tell the LA that it needs a new battery & nothing would happen.

Oct 28, 2016 09:54 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Just wait until after the closing and change the battery.  No big issue, besides a replacement is not expensive.

Oct 28, 2016 08:45 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Needs a new battery ?

Oct 28, 2016 08:21 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
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Write it on the final walk through form, have the buyer sign it, submit it to the listing agent. Close Escrow.

Oct 28, 2016 04:18 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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In California we have a final verification of condition(final walk-through form) and I would likely include it there.   I have never heard of a smoke certificate in our area issued by a fire department.   

Oct 29, 2016 12:09 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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We do not have any certificates issued by the fire department for smole detectors. Sounds like another government shake down. What is so difficult about either changing batteries or the smoke detectors?

Oct 28, 2016 10:36 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Replace the battery.

Oct 28, 2016 10:01 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Buy a battery and install it they are not that expensive.

Oct 28, 2016 09:59 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I am with Nina Hollander on this one. I also carry batteries in my car. I'd change the battery to see if the chirping stops. 

Oct 29, 2016 01:21 AM
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Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Go to my car and grab a battery then install it.  If it is still chirping then we have a bigger issue. Time to call the listing agent.

Oct 28, 2016 11:01 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Ask the listing agent to change the battery if you do not want to do it yourself.

Oct 28, 2016 11:01 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Lyn Sims nailed this one!

Oct 28, 2016 10:26 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Sorry we don't have that in Texas.

Oct 28, 2016 10:25 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

No smoke certificate here.  Is this something that your buyer does for himself, being thorough inspecting the home or is part of regulation in your state?  I would ask the buyer what he/she likes to do. It's likely that the battery is low but we cannot be 100% certain.  If the buyer thinks that it's ok and would like to proceed with closing then we will close, if the buyer is having a fit and wants seller to fix prior to closing then I'll prepare an amendment.  Also I don't usually change the smoke detector's battery as usually I can't even reach it. Many higher end homes in DFW have high ceilings even one story homes. 

Oct 30, 2016 06:03 AM
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Perhaps the battery needs to be replaced or the smoke detector needs to be replaced.  We do not have "smoke certificates" in my area.

Oct 29, 2016 05:02 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Eeezy peezy - call the listing agent and request the batteries to be replaced by the seller. We don't have the smoke cert like I remember from back in Boston but they are still supposed to be in working order, as are the Carbon Monoxide detectors

Oct 29, 2016 01:58 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Get the battery changed.

Oct 29, 2016 01:10 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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No such an animal in this market

Oct 29, 2016 12:39 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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We don't have smoke certs in my area. I would buy a package of batteries for my buyers. 

Oct 29, 2016 12:26 PM
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Bob Crane
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Probably wore the battery down during testing, stick a new battery in.

Oct 29, 2016 11:52 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Inform the agent, but I would spend 3 bucks and put in a new battery.  If that didn't work I would thin about it. What is it really going to cost to replace.

Oct 29, 2016 10:17 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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I would put a battery in the smoke detector. Time spent = 2 seconds. Price spent = $2-3, actual value = priceless.

Oct 29, 2016 09:00 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Chirping is usually low battery. I would discuss at the closing.  Good luck Praful Thakkar 

Oct 29, 2016 08:09 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Nina has the perfect answer for this one...Praful.  A

Oct 29, 2016 06:41 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No fire department inspections here.  If the battery dies after the inspection, that's life and better for the seller than during the inspection!  I'd ask them to replace the battery (or do it myself).

Out here we have to use the sealed from the user smoke detectors with 10 year non-user replaceable batteries in new construction.  Cost three times as much and when it goes out, the whole unit needs replacing. 

Oct 29, 2016 05:43 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Change the battery. My husband and I carry some with us for this very purpose. 

Oct 29, 2016 03:34 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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It never happened to me, but I would not let my client to be upset about one tired battery. 

Oct 29, 2016 03:29 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Ask seller to change battery?

Oct 29, 2016 02:08 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
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I agree with Nina Hollander and call the listing agent to get the batteries replaced and/or repaired.

Oct 29, 2016 01:53 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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Oct 29, 2016 01:45 AM
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Carol Williams
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I would have the battery replaced before closing... to be sure that is the problem.  Matters not whether it is you or the listing agent.  Whatever is most expedient to be sure closing occurs on schedule for YOUR clients.

Oct 29, 2016 01:30 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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have the homeowner replace them.... hold back at closing to cover the cost in case it's defective equipment!!!!

Oct 29, 2016 01:23 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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Ask the listing agent to replace the battery.

Oct 29, 2016 01:22 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I agree that it is probably a low battery and that can very easily be fixed.  On a Final Walk-Thru I would do nothing Praful Thakkar

Oct 29, 2016 12:38 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Change battery however...I had one that would not shut off no matter what and I had to call out of state, track down the inventor and he walked me through a series of steps that shut it down...Amazing. Claimed it was a defect

Oct 29, 2016 12:09 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Praful Thakkar Ask the the seller's agent to bring a battery to the closing.

Oct 29, 2016 12:01 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Change the battery.

Oct 28, 2016 11:54 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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We had that process in SSF, but nowhere else, so I rarely dealt with it. Call & have them change the battery before closing or maybe give your clients an battery as part of the closing gift?

Oct 28, 2016 11:35 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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call the listing agent.

Oct 28, 2016 11:33 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No smoke certificate required in my market, but since it is not waorking as intended, I would ask it be repaired!

Oct 28, 2016 11:23 PM