but the house was clean...
Have you ever had a Home Seller tell you that your buyer could not have a final walk through? I recently did. You know what though, I made sure the final walk through was written into the purchase contract. This seller was a MLS entry only listing, so he did not get any advice from. them obviously.
The contract clearly stated that the house to be left in "broom clean condition." Now the seller already knew what that meant because he asked when we presented the offer. The answer was nothing can be left behind and the home should be broom clean.
ln the mind of someone who cared more about a discount that doing things correct, placing everything in the yard meant the home was clean. Sorry Mr. Seller, that is not correct. I stopped by the home with my buyer before closing to conduct our walk through. This is what we found. The buyer was more upset than you could imagine. We walked through the home and yes, it was clean. Because everything was both in the garage in the yard.
In the end, the good news was I had contractors who could pick up all this junk right away. We got an estimate and told the seller they needed to either remove the junk, or pay for the cleaning. The seller pleading he had no money asked what else we could do. I drew up an addendum where the $5000 would be deducted form the sellers proceeds on the ALTA fka the HUD to remove the junk and things hidden under a tarp, would cost. It was three 30 yard dumpsters and a flat bed wrecker later that it was clean. We closed. The buyer was extremely happy I insisted on that walk through. The seller learned a couple of lessons. He also sold the home about $25,000 cheaper by not having a full service listing agent but he sure showed the world he saved $5000 in listing commissions.
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