Things Seller's should not do after under contract.

Reblogger Randi Brammer
Services for Real Estate Pros with Randi Brammer, Acctg.

Bill has hit on some important points.  Yes we go over these items and most sellers are good about it.  But there is always one in the crowd.  No matter what we tell them, they do their own thing!  All we can do is to try our best at keeping the sellers educated.

Original content by William Feela 20398180

There has been some talk about Seller's and what they need to do before closing.  Well, how about some of the things they should not do.   Here are a few things that could jeopardize the sale...

I had one client remove all the appliances when he moved out even tho they were listing in the PA.  "Well, there were none when I moved in and I had to buy them so they are mine!"

We all have clients that own something that is sentimental in value.  "My mom gave me this ceiling fan and so it does not stay."  "I understand Mrs. Seller, so you should take it down now so there is no problem later."  I had one seller take down 6 $200 ceiling fans and replace them with 6 Walmart $25 specials after the final walk thru was done the night before closing.  (At least he did replace them! ;-} )

Sellers should not chage out Bathroom and Kitchen sinks with out the Buyers approval.  (AND MY KNOWLEDGE!)

Sellers should not tear out the garage work bench that is spiked into the walls. 

Sellers should not dig up garden plants...Flowers or Vegetables after you have a PA.  (Also make arrangements with the buyer about harvesting any garden produce before you just show up and pillage)

I had a Buyers agent call screaming into the phone..."they are cutting down all the trees in the front yard!"  Because the Sellers were having trouble getting the moving truck close to the house, They cut down 4 Large maple trees along the drive way and they were still cutting.

I have seen special door knobs removed.( Not Good )

I have seen Light fixtures removed. ( Also not  good )

I even seen a Seller remove a toilet seat cover! (WHY??)

"NO, you can't take the water softener unless the buyer agrees ahead of time!"

The Worst one I have encountered was when his appraisal came in $4800 higher than the price he agreed to in the PA, He...Took down the mail box, removed a retaining wall.  Dug up all the shrubs in the front of the house and was having a 4" diameter tree removed when I received the call from the Buyer's agent when they were doing the walk through the night before our 9 am closing.  When I asked him what he was doing, he replied..."Well, the house is worth more than I got so I am making up for my loss!"

Sellers...once that PA is signed, If it's attached and not  free standing, If  it is planted in the ground, If you would be upset if the home you were buying had the same article and it DISAPPEARED, then DON'T TAKE IT!!!!!

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Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
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The toilet seat cover is a pretty good one.  Must have had those gold coins in it like what you would see 1969 in Vegas 

Oct 02, 2010 10:22 PM #1
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John Pusa
Sellstate Pacific Realty - Glendale, CA
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Randi - Excellent information and tips on sellers should not do after under contract.  Thank you for sharing a very good blog.

Oct 03, 2010 12:04 AM #2
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Laura Giannotta
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We have seen some amazing things!

Oct 03, 2010 08:02 AM #3
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Randi...Thanks for the Re-Blog.  I know we go over this stuff all the time.  We need to stay on top of sellers at this time.

Oct 03, 2010 10:44 AM #4
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Vern Eaton
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RAndi...Bill pointsed out a very real problem as he has told us about over and over!

Oct 03, 2010 07:14 PM #5
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Randi Brammer
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Bill has been very proactive in his teaching on this subject during our meetings

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