Left Holding the (Garbage) Bag: Reason #17 for Buyers to Do a Walk-Through Inspection

It’s certainly possible that the weekly garbage collector will haul away all of the Seller’s junk, left curbside.

But, I wouldn’t count on it.

And neither should the Buyer.

Instead, I’d negotiate either: a) a $500 escrow (holdback) from the sales proceeds, until the items were removed; or, b) simply request a $500 deduction from the sales price, to allow the Buyer to address it, post-closing.

P.S.: Here’s a further educated guess: the same Seller, earlier in the deal, gave a hint (at least) that the walk-thru and/or closing would be problematic.

See also, “Home Buyer’s Final Walk-Through Inspection“; “Waiting to Do the Walk-Thru Inspection ” or Not Doing it at All“; “What if the Seller Isn’t Moved Out by Closing?“; and “Springing a Leak ” or a Lake(?!?) ” Before Closing.”

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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