Every seller tries to portray their listed home or property in the best possible light to impress buyers. You will probably use visual tricks to make your home appear brighter, fresher, bigger, etc. There is nothing wrong with buying new drapes or a carpet, cleaning up the back and front yard, staging furniture, repainting the walls, etc. to attract buyers, but you will also have to disclose some of the bad sides of your home.

Sellers usually don’t know where the line is between information that has to be disclosed and that doesn’t. There are two types of damages; patent and latent. Patent damages include all those defects visible to the eye like a scratch on the floor, a broken window, etc. Since buyers can spot them right away, there is no need to state the obvious.

Latent (aka hidden) damage, on the other hand, can only be discovered by a closer inspection and it refers to major structural defects that could affect the safety, health, and quality of life of the new potential owners. It is not uncommon that sellers are not aware of such defects themselves, but if they are, they are required by law to disclose such information.
What classifies as a latent defect?