The age clause: An essential component when selling older homes. - Makelaar in Amsterdam

The age clause: An essential component when selling older homes.

When an older home comes on the market, the age clause plays a crucial role in the purchase agreement. This clause highlights that the buyer is aware of the age of the home and the associated risks. It serves to protect both the buyer and seller from subsequent disputes over any defects.

The age clause: An essential component when selling older homes.

What is the aging clause?

An aging clause is a legal term in the real estate purchase agreement. It focuses on the age and condition of the property, with the goal of informing the buyer and protecting the seller from later liability.

Key points of the aging clause

The clause states the age of the property and the condition in which it is being sold. No warranty is given by the seller about the condition of the property, and buyers are encouraged to make an inspection.

Why is the aging clause important?

This clause provides transparency and clarity in the sale agreement. It divides the risk between buyer and seller and encourages thorough investigation of the property. This can lead to fairer pricing.

Examples of hidden defects

Hidden defects such as structural problems, leaks, electrical and plumbing problems, asbestos, mold, and problems with heating and cooling systems may be present in older homes.

The aging clause is not standard

This clause is not automatically included in purchase agreements and often must be added manually. It is important that the clause is clearly worded to avoid legal disputes.

Convenient construction

The aging clause is usually used on homes older than 50 years. It is advisable to consult with a broker in advance about the content of the clause.


The aging clause plays a key role in protecting both buyer and seller when selling an older home. It provides clarity and reduces the likelihood of later disputes. However, this clause does not indemnify the seller for not disclosing defects. By default, the seller guarantees that everything in the home works properly and the seller provides the buyer with all information.


  1. What exactly does an aging clause mean?
    • It is a clause in the purchase agreement that states the age and condition of the property and covers risks.
  2. Is the aging clause mandatory?
    • No, it is not a standard component and often has to be added manually.
  3. What are examples of hidden defects in older homes?
    • Structural problems, leaks, electrical and plumbing problems, and so on.
  4. Why is an aging clause important?
    • It provides protection and clarity for both buyer and seller.
  5. When is an aging clause usually used?
    • For homes older than 50 years.

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