What About Those Nail Holes?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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Recently received an email with the following question:

''When you list a house, what happens with all the holes that are in the wall from things like art and drapery rods?''

 

This was my email response.

That's a good question...I may have to use it in a blog or for Sunday's radio show.

 

-Really nice, kind and considerate people would spackle, repair and paint.

 

-Others may fill the holes with putty, soap, crayon or even toothpaste.

 

-Others may leave the nails in the walls and... that way there are no holes.

 

And others.. may just leave the holes and do nothing.

 

 

3 Nails

 

Large holes, where built ins etc have been removed, obviously should repaired.

 

Now the question..What if they are not?

Well some may say it is "normal" wear and tear and nothing is done.

It also depends on what the contract says.

 

If a buyer is concerned...address it in the contract..."Seller to fill in and repair all existing wall damage....''

There is also a walk through prior to settlement. This is the time to have the discussion about damage that was not there before...ie a gouged wall from the movers.

The best thing for a buyer... address it in the contract.

The best thing for a seller...do the right thing.

 

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Ann Cleland
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Best answer to this question ever.  Yes, big damage should be repaired.  If you expect small nail holes spackled and painted, get it in writing.

May 12, 2018 02:48 PM #1
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Agree - big stuff should always be addressed. And, in a perfect world, every seller would make sure holes are filled and painted. Since it's not always a perfect world, get it in writing. Nothing original from me - sorry. 

May 12, 2018 02:53 PM #2
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Everything in writing for sure. Minor holes have never been a big deal to our sellers. Definitely something to look at during final walk through.

May 12, 2018 02:55 PM #3
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

Good topic! I always tell my sellers to expect to fill those nail holes ..its the right thing to do but always best to write in the contract. In our state all draperies, rods and window coverings convey so shouldn't be filling any holes there!

May 12, 2018 04:35 PM #4
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Joan Cox
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Margaret, just listed a small condo that had been a rental, and the homeowner actually went back and took out over 100 nails, and spackled.   Only those considerate do that!

May 12, 2018 05:27 PM #5
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I always ask the buyers of mine what their thoughts on the nail holes

May 12, 2018 07:30 PM #6
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Thanks for all your comments. It looks like we are all on the same page.

May 12, 2018 07:35 PM #7
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Dorie Dillard We have to specify that draperies, shades and window coverings stay.

May 12, 2018 07:38 PM #8
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Joan Cox They did the right thing. Thanks for stopping by.

May 12, 2018 07:38 PM #9
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That's a good response to the question, Margaret.  I hope you enjoy Mother's Day!

May 13, 2018 05:54 AM #10
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Hi Margaret,
Unfortunately not all sellers "do the right thing" so the safe thing, of course, is to address it in the contract.   If we all lived by the Golden Rule, life would be so much simpler, wouldn't it?

May 13, 2018 07:08 AM #11
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Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat Enjoy your day. Getting ready for my 12 noon radio show.. Hope we have some callers on this Mother's Day

May 13, 2018 08:12 AM #12
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Carol Williams  So True!!   

 If we all lived by the Golden Rule, life would be so much simpler, wouldn't it?

May 13, 2018 08:14 AM #13
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Excellent answer.  For me, personally, I prefer they leave all the picture hangers right where they are so I can come in and hang my pictures without delay.  If I want to move them later, that's on me, but I love having them already hanging. 

Not everyone is the same, of course! 

May 13, 2018 01:07 PM #14
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Interesting Susan Haughton  that you would like the nails left. Guess the best advice is to make your preference known prior to settlement. Thanks for sharing.

May 13, 2018 02:05 PM #15
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For my 28 years I have lived with the nail holes and yes, I have seen a lot of toothpaste being used

May 13, 2018 03:07 PM #16
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Joe Pryor Hope you have always found white toothpaste.

May 13, 2018 04:09 PM #17
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Margaret what an informative post, I would prefer my sellers to either fix it right and not even become an issue during the sales and marketing process... on the other hand if it I represent the buyer, I would prefer to leave it alone since the likely hood is they will do a chewing gum repair and it will be more difficult for the new owners to fix it... since the odds are they will come in and repaint the inside anyway to their liking, Endre

May 13, 2018 11:28 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.  Always enjoy seeing you.

Interesting comment..different thoughts for your buyers and for your sellers. 

If you are working for the seller...have them fixed. If you are working for the buyer..specify if you want this taken care.

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