Since the first of August of 2010 some major changes have happened regarding wood stoves and what
needs to happen to them during a real estate transaction.
Just like the wonderful smoke detector laws (ORS 479.297) the new wood stove rules will be one of the few requirements that sellers will need to comply with before the sale of their home.
Under the guise of environmental protection the Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality has decided that wood stoves built before 1985 must be removed if the home is part of a real estate transaction. To be fair, wood stoves that are 25 years old or older are not as efficient as modern units and do allow much of the heat that is produced through burning wood to be exhausted up the chimney.
If you do not know if the wood stove in your home or listing is
ok or not there is some labels to look for:
Unfortunately, these regulations hit at a time when short sales and foreclosures abound and if a seller did have some wiggle room it may now be soaked up with the cost of the removal of the old wood stove.
If you are selling your home or have a home listed and a wood stove or insert is present you may want to check for these labels. For more information check out the Oregon DEQs
Or you can always call your favorite home inspector who is always up on the latest government regulations: