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Post-Closing Surprises - A Real Estate Rant
During the tale-end of a recent transaction, my Buyers and I conducted our final walk-thru. Aside from a few staging items, the house looked to be in fairly good shape. Until we got to the garage....
Much to our dismay, there was an abundance of sundry items - a size-able inventory of leftover paint, numerous boxes of assorted worthless knickknacks, remnants of scrap wood and drywall, a medicine chest, a box of stick-on vinyl tiles, several used mirrors, a sliding shower door, and a pallet.
Normally, it's customary/helpful for Sellers to leave a small collection of the most recent paint that has been used. Unfortunately, this stockpile had been amassing since the house was first built back in the '70's!
A conversation with the Listing Broker made it clear that the issue wasn't going to be resolved by her or the Sellers. I was told that the Sellers left all the items behind thinking that the new owners could 'use' them. This was a case of obviously pushing the envelope of what constitutes a 'useful' item. She stated that we could either delay closing until the Sellers could arrange time to resolve things, or move forward with closing (the next day), and let the Buyers deal ... more

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