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What disclosures do you need when selling your home?

lead base paintBuying / selling a home includes quite a bit of paperwork. From start of a listing to the closing, there are MOUNDS and MOUNDS of paper. As intimidating as it looks (especially if you saw it all at once!), it is for everyone’s disclosure and protection. AND much of it IS the LAW.

Bottom line? When selling a home in Utah, the seller must disclose certain conditions in their home.

Lead Base Paint Disclosure – Federal law.

Lead paint poses a threat to children and women, especially during the child-bearing years, if lead is ingested.

Lead-based paint was used in most all homes dating before 1960 and some dating from before 1978.

For this reason when purchasing a home built before 1978 most states require a separate Lead-Based Paint Disclosure wherein the seller details any known lead-based paint hazards within the property and the buyer acknowledges that disclosure and either opts to conduct testing for the existence of lead-based paint or not to.

The seller – whether selling a home by themselves or through an agent – has to hand the potential buyers a booklet and fill out a Lead Base Paint disclosure.

Disclosure of the Manufacture of Methamphetamines – State of Utah law.

The State of Utah explicitly require Utah homeowners to disclose to buyers if there has been a “use, storage, or manufacture of methamphetamines” in the home. (See Utah Code. Annot. § 57-27-201.)

Utah Code. Annot. §57-1-1 also says what does not need to be disclosed by the sellers. A Homeseller in Utah does not have to disclose if there was a homicide or suicide in the dwelling (inside or out), if a person with aids had lived there or if there was a decontaminated meth lab on the premise. HOWEVER, it ALWAYS better to disclose, disclose disclose.

Seller’s Property Disclosures – Real Estate industry endorsed.

It is standard practice throughout the State of Utah to have sellers fill out a property disclosure. These disclosures provide a wide range of information about the home from structural damage to anything clouding the title. It is always important to for sellers to fill these out as accurately as possible. This allows potential buyers to have a clear picture of the home and may save headaches later.

As intimidating as the home selling paperwork looks, that IS the reason you call the Spring Bengzten Realty Group. We make all of the paperwork understandable and the home selling process easier. Not only will all the necessary forms be explained, but your home will be priced right for the Northern Utah housing market. We use proven marketing plans and create outstanding campaigns customized for your home. Once you list with the Spring Bengzten Realty Group, the path to sell your home will have gotten so much easier.

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