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.