Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.)

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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My Renters used to do this, now I have it written in the lease that a compact florescent bulb must be in each socket when they leave or they will pay $5/bulb. 

Now only a few of them take them.

Aug 26, 2016 03:08 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

OMG - this happened to a buyer of mine last year! Biy were the P.O'd!

I ran out and bought bunch and we all had a great laugh in the end

Aug 26, 2016 11:34 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Never had that happen, Paul, but my mother died over 50 years ago so I have no idea what she would do!  LOL

Aug 26, 2016 11:16 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Was she related to Jack Benny  ????

Aug 26, 2016 11:28 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

No never; never even heard of that move and I've had lots of tenants. Technically the seller violated the contract, as they were attached to the property. I'd say the law of abundance escaped any seller/tenant, so petty in principle.

I've had sellers in short sales and divorces steal toilets, kitchen cabinets & sinks, granite counter-tops, door handles & fixtures: plumbing & lighting. I had more one home owner steal the hard wood floors and baseboards... yep. I had a divorce couple all during a short sale that was sneaking into the house at night, stealing everything but the drywall and writing "F-you" notes back n forth to each other on the walls in marker ink. Their whole divorce was literally spelled out on every wall during due diligence meanwhile the house got emptier & emptier of all the items listed above; we finally canceled escrow.

Aug 26, 2016 11:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never had it happen. Once, the seller took the dining room chandelier after closing. It was replaced by a qulaified electrician. Buyer got what he paid for!

Aug 26, 2016 10:58 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida



Aug 26, 2016 10:46 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

You did the right thing!  I've never had that happen.  One took all of the toilet paper out of the house.

Aug 26, 2016 10:41 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Just once....with an angry short sale divorce....and we did replace them.

Aug 26, 2016 10:40 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

OMG...who the hell would even think of doing that....imagine her saying it was the principle!!!....  that woman's last principal was in high school!!!!

Aug 26, 2016 10:20 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

No sir not yet however, the day is not over. 

Aug 26, 2016 10:04 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

That's a new one!

Aug 26, 2016 09:55 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've never had this happen.

Aug 26, 2016 09:53 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I had a buyer call panicked that electric wouldn't work, but found bulbs were gone-even the refrigerator bulb.

Aug 26, 2016 09:50 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

LOL, I can see my Father wanting to do that too!  Depression era folks see things differently than we do

Aug 27, 2016 02:49 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes, and I made their agent tell them to come back and re-install all the light bulbs and leave them on the argument that (a) they were part of the fixture and (b) we could not perform a final walk-through and ensure that all light fixtures were operable without light bulbs. Fortunately, it only happened once.

Aug 27, 2016 12:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't recall any of my Sellers taking light bulbs but I have heard about such things and wonder if it was a real estate urban legend.  

Love the story about your Mother.  

Aug 26, 2016 11:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In property management, it happens. In home sales, not so much

Aug 26, 2016 11:24 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

I haven't had sellers/tenants take them, but I have replaced burned out ones.

Aug 26, 2016 10:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

No, I have never had this happen! Maybe we should all bring some bulbs to the walkthrough just in case.


Aug 26, 2016 09:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Paul, I had sellers take many things which they ended up returning.... but never light bulbs:)Endre

Aug 26, 2016 03:56 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nope, it's covered in our disclosure.

Aug 26, 2016 03:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Not my seller but in a home my buyers acquired - not all but most. It seemed kinda petty

Aug 26, 2016 03:28 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I have never heard of this within my brokerage.

Aug 28, 2016 09:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I can not recall this ever happening.

Aug 28, 2016 02:15 AM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Oh, my. I'd actually be tempted. We've spent a lot of time converting our light switches to remote-controllable switches and putting in LED bulbs as we need to replace the incandescent and compact fluorescents. But then, those things would be listed minor features when we sell our homes so I don't think we'd get away with taking them with us. I'd sure miss them, though! :P

Aug 27, 2016 10:20 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No, Paul. At least light bulbs are not too expensive to eplace!

Aug 27, 2016 06:36 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington - there are some sellers who do not care! One of a recent purchase from my buyers - most bulbs were not working at walk-through.

Aug 27, 2016 03:09 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Oh, bless her heart Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington .  No, I have not had a seller do it but on a final walk-thru with a buyer of mine we discovered that the seller had removed the bulbs when they moved out.

Aug 27, 2016 02:25 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I've never had that happen. 

Aug 27, 2016 12:09 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh my goodness ... thankfully ... No, I have not.  

Bless your sweet mom.

Aug 27, 2016 11:41 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Bulbs?  They took fixtures and even wall and switch plates covers!   I didn't replace any of it.

Aug 27, 2016 11:40 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have not had any seller remove all the light bulbs but did have some REO properties that the owner stripped before they left and that included light bulbs.

Aug 27, 2016 10:31 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No; that is just mean!

Aug 27, 2016 07:54 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Light bulbs, switch plates & outlet covers have all been absconded with at one time or another and those are the non-distressed properties.

Aug 27, 2016 05:30 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Take them all?! 

No, I was lucky so far. That is a bit overkill. 

Aug 27, 2016 04:39 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

That's pretty funny. Never had this issue thankfully! I brought buyers to look at a house one more time when they finally got short sale approval, and the sellers were there removing built in cabinets, wall sconces, light fixtures, and told us what else they were taking. We didn't move forward on the purchase.

Aug 27, 2016 03:02 AM
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

No but wow cheap seller

Aug 27, 2016 02:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, never happened.  I think most people realize they need to stay.  If they did, not a whole lot I could do about it other than make a phone call.


Renters, yeah they'd lose their deposit for that.

Aug 27, 2016 02:33 AM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Oh, I was going to leave a comment, then I see that you are talking about your mother.  I have nothing to say. 

Aug 27, 2016 01:10 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, that's a new one! Not sure if I would replace them, it was nice of you.

Aug 27, 2016 12:43 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Yah, we've had this with sellers and specially with renters! I charge the renters though

Aug 27, 2016 12:42 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

At last short sale the seller removed every high ceiling recessed light fixture and lite bulb.

The cost of each fixture is $75 and light bulb is $16.99. Great Room has 45 missing fixtures.

Aug 27, 2016 12:23 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I don't get the 'never used any of the bulbs' part? Yes, sad to say, my own father was trying to gut the house before closing. Even trying to take the heat sensitive dimmer switches (ya know how much these cost!!!).

I was really thinking that in the future with bulbs now costing $7 or so that we will begin having 'swap outs'.  As long as they leave something in the sockets, that's ok with me .

I will also add to my embrassment that my mother stock piled 100watt bulbs when they stopped making them. There were 100 or so in cases in the basement hide-a-way.  I thru some in my car trunk for vacants but left the rest. 

Aug 27, 2016 12:17 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

No, but I have a great idea!  

Aug 27, 2016 12:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


No!  But then there are exceptions.  Glad you replaced those bulbs. A

Aug 27, 2016 12:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes and no.

Aug 26, 2016 11:44 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Aug 26, 2016 10:02 PM
Toronto, ON

I have not had this situation.

Aug 26, 2016 05:22 PM