Carlsbad Sellers, Get Rid of Those Hazardous Waste Items Before Closing

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Carlsbad Sellers, Get Rid of Those Hazardous Waste Items Before Closing

 

It’s pretty common that buyers will request that all personal items belong to the sellers be removed before closing, as they are not part of the transaction.

 

Carlsbad recycling center will take bottles, cans, cardboard, etc. but not hazardous wasteEven if not explicitly stated in the contract, the assumption is that all non-fixtures are to be removed.

 

A common set of stuff that is probably in most homes, and not so easy to get rid of, are the hazardous waste items.

 

I find that in most cases buyers want these gone. And you often do not find out about this untiul the final walk-through.

 

As you are planning your move, and cleaning out, another item for the list is to have the hazardous waste items removed

Don't assume buyers want them but we can always ask to verify during the transaction if you prefer.

 

These hazardous waste items can include:

 

Household cleaning products (toilet, sink, etc)

Laundry and dish washer detergents and related products

Insect and other pest sprays/granules

Fertilizers, weed killers, grass seed, and similar yard products

Paints (unless specifically requested to use by buyers for touch-ups)

Car oil, battery fluids, etc.

Turpentine and other similar toxic items

 

These hazardous items are not always easy to get rid of (you cannot just throw them in the trash), although there are usually community vendors that will pick them up or you can arrange to drop them off at recycling events in your community.

 

Here in Carlsbad we have a recyling center for some items, as well as periodic hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the information from the City of Carlsbad on disposal of Hazardous Waste options.

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Pat

Ha ha. Well I have had people ask about having some things left. It's amazing how much you find in some homes when owners are moving out. I suspect they are surprised as well. And no one really likes to have to deal with dried up old paint, chemicals and what have you.

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Aug 04, 2014 01:51 AM #10
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Nina

I see stuff left behind more often than not. I suspect part of that is because sellers think it might be useful to the buyers, but this stuff is not easy to dispose of - you can't just put it in the trash and walk away.

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 02:10 AM #11
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Great reminder Jeff. Thanks for sharing , have a pleasant Monday :)

Aug 04, 2014 02:35 AM #12
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Wayne and Jean Marie

Can't argue with that. It can be a hassle. And sometimes there is even more ttrash left around to deal with.

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 02:59 AM #13
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Dawn

You do what you gotta do, don't you? Some sellers leave their homes in immacualt condition, while others do not.

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 03:00 AM #14
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Paula

I always ask my buyers so there are no surprises at the last minute. Often, especially if the house was recently painted they will ask that the paint be left. But that does not necessarily mean everything else.

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 03:02 AM #15
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Thank you Patty. I figured it was a good reminder for sellers as well as their listing agents!

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Aug 04, 2014 03:14 AM #16
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Its common in WA for sellers to leave their old paints in the garage for the new owner stating "they can touch up". I find it to be a way of "passing the buck".

Aug 04, 2014 04:36 AM #17
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I think it is often just an excuse. Besides after a while the color will not match the wall and it will start to dry out. The only thing that really might be useful would be the names of the paint colors but even them you end up with a matching problem potentially

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 05:52 AM #18
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If you don't want it my guess would be the buyer doesn't want it either.

Aug 04, 2014 06:36 AM #19
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Than

No doubt that's true. And so the problem should be the seller's to deal with - get rid of it or take it with you - and not the buyer's.

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 06:47 AM #20
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Jeff, many communities do have organized collection days for hazardous materials....it's wise to take advantage of them whenever possible.  

Aug 04, 2014 08:04 AM #21
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Jeff - I can see leaving a few cans of paint that match the current stuff on the walls... but the remnants of the past 3 redecorating attempts, plus dated jugs of pesticide & herbicides are a definite No-No.  We need to remind everyone of the Rules of the Road... thanks!

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Thank you for sharing Jeff. I admire your initiative for making your community a better one. Keep it up!

Aug 04, 2014 08:23 AM #23
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Nick - agreed. I am glad to see there are more services like this to encourage people to recycle in different ways.

AJ - can't disagree with that. It is astonishing sometimes how much you see under sinks, in utility rooms and in the garage...years and years of stuff

Thank you, Ann. I think we all need to do our part, and encourage others to take advantage of the services that we have in our communities for recycling

Jeff

Aug 04, 2014 10:29 AM #24
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Hi Jeff, I hadn't thought of this specifically but as a Buyer, it might be good to make the removal of all the hazardous waste a condition of sale. Way too much of this is out there in garages and it needs to be handled properly. Great post.

Aug 04, 2014 12:51 PM #25
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Jeff, it's expensive to dispose off the hazardous material even in Northeast! Specially, old paint that's no good for new buyer anyways.

Aug 04, 2014 12:52 PM #26
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Jeff -- Many sellers 'assume' buyers will want the old paint etc.  Usually not the case and best to always ask well in advance of closing so unwanted things can be disposed of properly.

Aug 05, 2014 11:48 AM #27
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Geoff ONeill
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I see this 25% of the time.  But it's usually paint cans, and the seller is thinking that they are doing the buyer a favor by leaving the paint.

Aug 06, 2014 01:31 AM #28
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Jeff ... You are right that home sellers should always be careful with hazardous waste and make sure those items area taken to the local recycling centers before the deal is closed. 

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