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.
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.