There are several mandatory documents for home buyers and sellers to review when purchasing or selling a home. They are typically grouped together in a disclosure package, and the disclosure package typically assumes that the full version of these documents has been provided by someone else. These documents include:
- Your Guide to Residential Hazards
- Your Guide to California Earthquake Safety
- Your guide to the Home Energy Rating System (HERS)
- Lead-based paint hazards booklet
// This post is a part of our series: Your Guide to a San Francisco Disclosure Package. //
These documents are all *general* disclosure documents. They do contain helpful information related to hazards that you may encounter as a homeowner when buying a home. These documents contain language that does not vary from transaction to transaction and is not property specific.
Your guide to the Home Energy Rating System is provided by the California energy commission. It contains information about energy ratings, energy efficiency, and laws related to energy efficiency in California.
The Homeowner’s Guide to Earthquake Safety is published by the California Seismic Safety Commission and contains information about the different types of earthquakes and the various kinds of damage they may cause to structures.
Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home is one of the many documents/pamphlets/booklets that deal with lead paint and the hazards it can present to you. Lead-based paint has been illegal since 1978, but many homes in SF have covered layers of paint that may contain lead.
The Residential Environmental Hazards document contains a wealth of information about hazards that may exist in homes, or hazardous conditions that may be created by natural disasters or other events. In general, you can think of this document as the “(almost) everything that can go wrong” document.
All of these documents contain general information. While it is important information, it may not be applicable to the home you are interested in.
We generally advise all of our buyers to review these documents and the material they contain at the beginning of their search process, before they start reviewing disclosures and looking at documents that contain property specific information.