I always recommend that my clients request documentation on components are listed as new or newer... You don't need to know what the homeowner paid for the component, but if the roof, or furnace is new, you want to know who installed it, and exactly which manufacturer's material was used.
The other time to get documentation is when something is noted as "repaired", and regarding environmental concerns... While inspecting a home's exterior this past summer, I noticed a couple pipes behind some bushes. Two pipes (such as these) usually is an indication that there is, or was an oil tank on the premises.
The homeowner happened to be present and said, "the tank was drained and filled when they bought the home". I noted this in my report, and recommended that my client obtain documentation stating the tank was properly documented by the county. Unfortunately, no documentation was available at the county or city. The buyer insisted that the tank be inspected, and everyone was amazed to find that the tank was not properly abandoned, AND that it was still 1/3rd full of oil!! The tank had to be pumped, removed, and the area back-filled.
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