never take the sellers word no matter what they put down on'disclosure' on whether the basement leaks or not. Now dont get me wrong, i`m not saying everyone`s a liar `n cheat, not at all. I am simply saying be very careful, if you buy the house, its Your foundation and sometimes it can be difficult to prove that the former owner was hiding,lieing about seepage in basement, walls buckling/bowing etc. There are some people who are selling a home and know they have a problem and may try and put paneling up agst the wall to hide the bsmt walls,or try and patch cracks in wall and then paint basement walls to hide them, and then hope in doesnt rain much after sale of home or hope you dont notice water of your bsmt floor for awhile, hey some people barely go in the basement so they wont see any problem-water for quite some time. And if there is paneling up they wont see any possible bowing,buckling of a wall, or wont see mold/effloresence on the wall. If there is-was mold on the wall,they may have used bleach to clean off as much as they could before painting it which would also take away some of the smell for awhile as well. And i`ve seen many times where people did try to fix the problem, only to be talked into an inside method which diverts water under the floor but doesnt take any hydrostatic pressure off the outside of the walls.At this point they think they have solved their problem, but if they had a wall(s) that was bowing/buckling in the pressure is STILL there on the outside and further wall movement will occur and if there`s paneling up, you..the buyer(new owner) wont see it and your home insp wont see it and in a lil time that wall will come in more and now your left with a big problem cuz the former owner was talked into an inside method when they really needed an outside method to lessen the pressure on the outside of the bsmt wall. If there is paneling up when your looking at buying a house...on the outside....look down the entire length of a wall, if there is some bowing/buckling,you will sometimes be able to see it just from looking at the entire length of the wall,just above ground level.If you are looking at a brick house,on the outside, and see vertical--step cracks in the bricks(may have been tuckpointed)then there is a very good chance that the basement wall is cracked/bowed in that area. And always look at the floor, see if the seller has put in'new tiles' along the wall that dont match the rest of the tiled floor,look for stained carpet,newly painted concrete floors`n walls.Look at the chimney chute door, see if there is any water staining just under that door.On a driveway side,look to see if the owner put tar-cement along where the driveway meets the bsmt wall,if he says he has no leak and yet still took the time to put tar along drive,something is fishy more than likely. There is no reason to put that there if there is no problem..and it`s not going to do anything to keep water out of getting into a crack below ground on that side.And personally, i wont buy a house with cracks in the basement floor. If you ever go to court because the seller screwed ya,it not always an automatic win situation,the judges dont know anything about waterproofing either, i`m not putting them down,just saying they are ruling on a subject they know nothing about.