Add kitty litter and stir !!

Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

This post came from a response I made on Debbie Reynolds post about trash and treasures left by Sellers on move out.

The biggest problem I run onto is Sellers leaver old cans of paint. They think the Buyers would want to know the colors and if the cans are dried out they still can figure out what to order.

The Buyers hate the colors and are changing them. Most of the time the paint left is latex. I don't think people by oil in our area. We are on the coast and it needs to dry quick.

So for the solution I will pick up the paint. If its latex pop the lids off a few days to harden, then its legal to put in regular trash. If you need it to harden in just a day or too, ADD KITTY LITTER AND STIR!

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Rob Shepherd -  ABR, GRI, REALTORS® for Florence Oregon Real Estate
Expert in helping those buy or sell Florence Oregon property and retire in Oregon. Call me anytime or visit my website for local listings and information on Florence Oregon.
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Comments (11)

Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Kitty Litter? Who knew! Great suggestion and you wouldn't believe the things I see that sellers leave behind when I am working with investors to flip homes. I wish paint was the only thing!

Dec 01, 2015 10:24 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Rob, that and baking soda can do wonders for all kinds of things for "clean up"! 

Dec 01, 2015 10:27 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Shar: I can only imagine.

Gayle: Great to hear from you! Did you have to use any soda on the new ranch purchase?

Dec 01, 2015 10:30 PM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Rob D. Shepherd Yep, I used this on my own paint cans. Beats pouring it all over a tarp, letting that dry, and then throwing that away. Yes, sadly I have done that too.

Dec 01, 2015 10:44 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

So true Rob. The colors are the last thing they want to keep and to have all those cans to dispose of is such a pain.

Dec 01, 2015 10:47 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Helpful post and a subject that does come up. Thank you for sharing Rob D. Shepherd 

Dec 01, 2015 10:53 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Peter: Yep I like my way better too! Good to hear from you!

Debbie: Thanks for giving me something to blog about.

Richie: Glad I could be of help!

Dec 01, 2015 11:06 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

If the paint is still fresh I think it's a great idea to leave it for the new owners. All those rusty cans of outdated paint though need to go!  If you are so concerned with the new owners needing to know the color, write it down for them!

Had no idea about the kitty litter....great tip!

Dec 02, 2015 12:55 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Rob D. Shepherd ,  anks for the tip on Kitty Litter.  I will pass it along to future buyers.

Dec 03, 2015 04:31 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

What a great idea!  I am going to have to remember that for any of my buyers who have paint left in their new homes.  Thanks!

Dec 03, 2015 05:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rob, it is amazing to find most of the paint left has been there for years, and hard!   Great tip. 

Feb 03, 2016 10:41 PM