Buying a house means buying the foundation, walls, roof, pipes, wires, doors, windows, furnace, fireplaces, appliances, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, faucets, cabinets, door bell...in other words the whole shabang!

What buyers see when they fall in love with a house is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the actual condition of these parts and systems. That's why homebuyers and sellers rely on these steps to evaluate the condition of the parts and systems of the house that are above and below surface level.

The sellers’ disclosures: Sellers are required in Oregon to complete a property disclosure form which requires them to reveal the current and past condition of their house.

They have to check off the parts and systems that their house contains (such as a range, oven, garbage disposal, central air conditioning, siding, roof, and the list goes on) and to indicate which, if any, of these is not operating correctly or have known problems.

The seller answers five pages of questions that ask “Are you aware of” certain things about the house that a new buyer would want to know about before making the purchase.

The seller is also asked about insurance claims, and any material facts or defects not otherwise disclosed to the buyer. These forms have gotten longer and more specific over the years to make the condition of the home, as known by the seller, as clear as possible.

The home inspection report: Most brokers buyers get a home inspection.

The home inspector will look at each of the parts and systems of the house and document and usually photograph the operation and condition of each.

While the format of the reports and the specificity of their finding vary from person to person and company to company, their report will be the most detailed and inclusive.

It is crucial to read the contents of this report to understand what’s going on with the house they’re buying.

In addition to these disclosures, you’ll also have the appraisal report (if the buyer is getting a home loan to purchase the house), the pest inspection report if needed for a government backed loan such as FHA or VA, and the title report.

If you have any specific questions about this process, please don't hesitate to give me a call. I am happy to help you any way that I can with your real estate needs.