Home Buyers Who Get a Post-Closing Lump of Coal

When there are hardwood floors in the closets, you usually expect to find them under the carpet in the adjoining room.


The exception, in my experience:  1950’s construction ” often ramblers ” that were built just as high-quality, affordable carpeting took the housing market by storm (think of it as the “stainless” of its day).

Why does it matter?

Nothing’s a bigger bummer for home Buyers, post-closing, then pulling up old carpets and expecting to find pristine hardwood floors ” and instead discovering . . . plywood.

Seller Liability

Unless the Seller represented that there were hardwood floors, they’re typically off the hook.

Ditto for another, related scenario:  there in fact are hardwood floors under the carpeting ” but they’re in horrible condition.

P.S.:  Which still leaves the question:  why bother to put hardwood floors in the closets but not elsewhere??

See also, “I Wonder What’s Underneath the Hardwood Floors.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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