Question: I recently put my home on the market, and now have to fill out an extensive form stating all the known defects in my home. This is difficult, as I cannot definitely state that everything is in perfect working order.
Answer: You might follow a solution that I have used over the years. Prior to putting my house on the market, I contacted a reliable contractor, listed the known problems to correct, and told him to look for other problems that I did not know about.
Usually, there were some minor items that the contractor was able to help me with. The cost seldom exceeded $300, and I was able to provide the potential homeowner with receipts for work done.
While this might not relieve you of all liability, your intentions would usually stand up in court. Many small contractors and fix-it men are more than happy to provide this service. You can call the American Building Contractors Assn. at 818/401-0071 for a list of contractors interested in this type of work.