the “real scoop” on the houses you are looking at
wants to make sure the car they buy is not a lemon, and
that is doubly true when it comes to buying a house. If
you are buying a pre-owned home, you can only hope that
all of the previous owners before you took care of the
house, using the proper methods. To set your mind at ease,
and to make sure you are not getting a bad deal, home
inspections, seller disclosure requirements and the agents
experience will all help to safeguard you. Disclosure
laws vary by state, but in some states the law requires
the seller to complete a real estate transfer disclosure
statement. The following are some items you can expect
to see on a disclosure form.
• Range oven, microwave, dishwasher,
garbage disposal, and trash compactor.
• Safety features- burglar and
fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, security gate,
window screens and intercom.
• TV antenna, satellite dish,
carport or garage, automatic garage door opener, rain
gutters, sump pump.
• Amenities such as pool or spa,
patio or deck, built in barbecue and fireplaces.
• Type of heating, condition of
electrical wiring, gas supply, and presence of any external
power source, such as solar panels.
• The type of water heater, water
supply, sewer system or septic tank.
Sellers are also required to indicate any significant
defects or malfunctions existing in the home’s major systems.
The checklist specifies interior and exterior walls, ceilings,
roof, insulation, windows, fences, driveways, sidewalks,
floors, doors, foundation and electrical and plumbing
The form also requires sellers to note the presence of
environmental hazards, walls or fences shared with adjoining
landowners, any encroachments or easements, room additions
or repairs made without the necessary permits or not in
compliance with building codes, zoning violations, citations
against the property and any lawsuits against the seller
affecting the property.
Make sure to look for or ask about settling, sliding or
soil problems, flooding or drainage problems and any major
damage resulting from earthquakes, floods or landslides.
If you are looking to buy a condominium you should be
informed about code and deed restrictions.
The amount a seller is required to disclose about defects
has broadened significantly over the years. It helps to
protect the buyer from buying a cosmetically good-looking
house that is a potential money pit. But even with all
the forms and laws in place, make sure to ask a lot of
questions. Especially if you are unclear about something,
or if your concern was not addressed on the forms provided
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