Paying it Forward ~ Suggestions ~ Diverting a closing nightmare

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors CBURE#0406046

pay it forwardOne of our sellers several months ago unhooked their washer and dryer and did not cap off their water connection (a simple inexpensive part at Home Depot).  You guessed it - water dripped down the wall and drywall needed to be cut out, replaced hours before closing.


I mentioned this occurance to a seller recently as they just moved out and asked them if they capped their water connection from the washing machine.  She was still in the house cleaning and walked over into the utility room and guess what...the same thing happened!  Luckily we were able to get a contractor over that afternoon repair the sheet rock, texture and paint for their closing the next day.

Yesterday I talked with a seller who is moving out next week and told them to make sure they cap off the water connection and their refrigerator connection when the appliances are moved.  I've decided this information needs to be explained to each seller before closing, so there are no repeats of this incidence!  My seller already thanked me for the heads up as she did not know this could be an issue.

 

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Rainmaker
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June Tassillo
Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty - Franklin, NC
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Hi Dorie ~ It's the little things people forget that become a nightmare at times.  I also like the idea above aof writing a check list when moving.  

Apr 16, 2011 08:52 AM #14
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
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Great reminder and yes, that has happened more than once to properties here too.  I'll have to add that tip to my getting ready for close instructions, great reminder!!

Apr 16, 2011 08:52 AM #15
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Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297

Good morning, Dorie. I have seen that happen before. Hardwood floors ruined due to a leaky faucet. Great that you were able to solve the problem quickly...

Apr 16, 2011 08:55 AM #16
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Kristine,

Thank you!

Apr 16, 2011 09:03 AM #17
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The Scott Loper Team Lansdale & Harleysville PA Homes
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Dorie,

So many things to remember and consider.  This one is such a small thing that could expand into a big issue - and so easily avoided.

Lisa

Apr 16, 2011 10:22 AM #18
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Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood

Great post, Dorie!  I have seen this happen, too.  Thanks for the reminder!

Apr 16, 2011 10:29 AM #19
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

This is such excellent advice!  Have had this happen as well.  This would be a great item to add to your Seller's To-Do List!  Had to lean . . .

Apr 16, 2011 01:00 PM #20
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Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

Thanks for the reminder about capping the water connection.

Apr 16, 2011 01:38 PM #21
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Ginny,

In our state the refrigerator, washer and  dryer are consider personal property so do not convey with the property. The builder does not provide these appliances when you buy a builder home. Another regional issue!

Apr 16, 2011 04:56 PM #22
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Anita,

It is a small investment but one that a seller may not consider with so many other details to handle. Some big moving companies take care of this for you.

Apr 16, 2011 04:57 PM #23
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Lenn: Good point!

Hi Tom: Great idea!

Hi Rene: Excellent idea!

Apr 16, 2011 04:59 PM #24
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Carol: Thank goodness both times was caught quickly..if not caught could be a real expensive problem!

Hi Ron: I'm sure that is true!

Hi Joshua: So many details!

Hi Scott: If some of these last minute crisis can be avoided..it's worth it!

Apr 16, 2011 05:02 PM #25
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Barbara: The buyer wanst to make sure everything is working and will turn on the facuets at a walk through to make sure!

Hi Jeffrey: You are right..just takes onece to remember this one!

Hi Larry & Shelia: There are so many details..I think a seller checklist is a great idea!!

Hi June: Right on!

Apr 16, 2011 05:05 PM #26
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Connie: I'm doing the same thing!

Hi Michael: Thank goodness for responsive vendors!

Hi Lisa: If only...they had checked it!

Hi Pam: You are welcome.

Apr 16, 2011 05:07 PM #27
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Tish: I've added it to mine!

Hi Joyce: You are most welcome!

Apr 16, 2011 05:08 PM #28
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Dorie, excellent post and tip...something to be added to the seller's to do package. I hit the suggest button....

Apr 16, 2011 05:39 PM #29
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Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks for the reminder, Dorie.  Most often appliances are left, but on the occasion that they are not, I shall have to remember this.

Apr 16, 2011 07:32 PM #30
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Rebecca,

It is something when appliances are removed we need to remember!

Apr 16, 2011 10:28 PM #31
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Hi Jane,

Most of our appliances are not left so is something we need to remember.

Apr 16, 2011 10:29 PM #32
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Leslie Ebersole
Baird&Warner Fox Valley - Saint Charles, IL
REALTOR - Chicagonulls Western Suburbs

I have read about this before but wasn't sure what it meant. Your explanation is very clear and now I will be sure to remember this, thanks.

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