When the time gets close to closing, buyers get all excited and often ask if they can put "just a few things" into the house they are buying.
Even though pretty much everything is negotiable in a transaction, that is one thing I tell my sellers not to allow.
What's the big deal, you ask?
First, I am a firm believer in that final walk through, where the buyer goes through the house just before it closes and accepts the property as the seller leaves it.
At this point, the buyers will have signed the documents, their lender or the buyer will fund, escrow records the deed, and the buyer get the keys.
The buyer now owns the home.
But what if the seller let's the buyer "store" some stuff?
Picture this: the buyer and a buddy bring a couch into the house and one of them gets injured. Whose liability is it? Well, the seller's. The buyer is not insured yet, any insurance wouldn't start until after closing.
How about access? Does the agent of the buyer or seller let the buyer in with the stuff? Or will the seller give the buyer a key before closing?
I don't think so. Liability is the big concern again.
Lastly, what if there is a last minute hitch with the sale? Now the seller has personal items that belong to someone else in his house.
What is my standard answer?
If you need to get in early, you need to close early.