What is a Seller's Responsibilty to the Buyer?

Real Estate Agent with DWELL REAL ESTATE BK3105105


From every unfortunate incident comes the opportunity to give good advice.  If you have recently gotten your listed home under contract, congratulations are in order.  You are now on the road to the closing table and if there is just one thing to pay absolute attention to, it is the part of the agreement that states you will maintain the property in the condition required which may vary from document to document.


But, the bottom line is, when the buyer does his walk-thru, he better be getting what he is entitled to.  To prevent problems at the closing table, please do not do any of the following unless they were agreed to in the contract:


  • Swap out appliances, pool equipment or garage door opener

  • Replace lighting fixtures and fans or window coverings, drapes or blinds

  • Paint walls or ceilings

  • Remove items that by legal definition are “attached.”

  • Take the mailbox

  • Dig up your favorite Palm Tree in the front yard


These are just a few of the issues that have been raised at the walk-thru and I know that there are hundreds of others.  If you know that you are going to want certain items from our home such as lighting fixtures, fans, drawer pulls, window coverings, and the like, do yourself a favor and replace them prior to putting your home on the market.  Then there will be no misunderstandings about them.


A contract will usually include this type of verbiage, “Seller will keep the Property in the same condition from Effective Date until Closing, except for normal wear and tear etc.” 


So, if while moving your belongings out, you break a door or a window, or cause damage to the wallsor screens, fences or sheds that were in good condition, get the damage fixed immediately because it will be noticed and could stop your home from being sold in a timely manner.


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Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Marnie, These are good reminders for the Seller, although most of it is just common sense.  I've heard of Sellers swapping out lighting and kitchen fixtures, what are they thinking!

Jan 18, 2014 10:15 AM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Rmoving the landscape is the one that really bothers me. Very few sellers know how to do it without making it looked like the house was robbed.

Jan 18, 2014 12:15 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Marnie and terrific post. You are funny but this is also accurate and on the money. I have been at the table for a few of these disputes and it isn't pretty. Good advice for sellers. Suggested.

Jan 18, 2014 09:23 PM #3
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