Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Many times if a home has been recently painted buyers want those nearly empty cans for touch up and paint codes.  But it's discussed.  Our contracts call for all debris to be removed and property to be "broom swept clean"

Jun 15, 2016 01:36 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE have a clause on our contracts to have all debries removed...But, if something small is left I get rid of it..

Jun 15, 2016 12:38 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS - sometimes buyers want to keep it. I let the listing agent know - or else, it has to go.

Jun 16, 2016 03:25 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If discovered in the walk through, either delay the closing or get enough funds from the seller to cover disposal.

Jun 16, 2016 05:08 AM
Ruth Primeau
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Lutz, FL
Associate Broker, GRI, SFR, REO

I call 1-800-Got-Junk and they come and deal with it.  They are very reliable and do trash out all the time.  

Jun 16, 2016 03:39 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's not usually an issue here.  Most buyers are happy for the extra paint.

Jun 16, 2016 03:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It needs to be a discussion(sooner than later) although I typically caution buyers that if they want certain clauses included in their offer(especially when they are in a highly competitive market) they may be met with a degree of suspicion that they are ultra-picky. 

Jun 16, 2016 12:59 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Our contract calls for that & sellers get whacked big time for hazardous materials. No excuse for it, sellers are just lazy.

I always tell people that with cluttered garages. 

Jun 16, 2016 12:40 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If they are left behind the the seller is long gone, I simply make those things disappear. I like simple.

Jun 16, 2016 12:25 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I just call my vendor to be removed.

Jun 16, 2016 12:15 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

If we see something during the walk through, we will ask the listing agent.  Never had issues before besides several cans of interior paint.  One time we got nervous as the seller had already moved out but left a 50 gallon drum of used oil in the garage.  Listing agent was aware and the sellers were having it picked up for recycling.

Jun 16, 2016 12:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I coach sellers about it before the closing.

Jun 16, 2016 12:05 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jeff Dowler CRS Yes, put it in the offer. Yes, coach sellers how to deal with hazardous materials.

Jun 15, 2016 11:59 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Sometimes those things stayed in the rafters of the garage. Other times, the gardener was told to take care of it. Today, it gets done without fanfare

Jun 15, 2016 11:33 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

final walk through will find it.... hold back at closing for one and half times the going rate will cover the removal of it....

Jun 15, 2016 10:52 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We have a landfill I tell them about

Jun 15, 2016 10:37 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Leaning in that direction since most contracts are not specific enough!

Jun 15, 2016 10:14 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Boilerplate language states it is to be removed - final walkthrough - coupled with a "stay" on closing if not removed - typically does the trick...

Jun 15, 2016 09:59 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We typically have that as a a boiler plate request in the RPA Jeff Dowler CRS , I'll do a write in to emphasize section 8C Items Excluded From Sale: Seller to remove all paint, chemicals, car parts, building materials, etc. personal items & clean up debris by final walk-through, 5 days prior to close of escrow, unless otherwise requested by buyer(s).

I will also coach my sellers that they are to be prepared for a buyer to want this from them too. I have a couple haulers that I let deal with it properly.


Jun 15, 2016 09:45 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not like them to leave paint behind,

Jun 15, 2016 09:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

More good reasons for a pre-settlement walk through. Don't settle until the stuff has been removed.

Jun 15, 2016 08:31 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I tell sellers to clean this stuff out themselves - otherwise I end up taking it to the dump

Jun 15, 2016 02:33 PM
Toronto, ON

Put appropriate clauses into the agreement.

Jun 15, 2016 02:15 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I would bring it up from the final walk through. I have dealt with people from CA Jeff Dowler CRS and we close face to face at the title company. Slightly different than the way you folks handle it.

Jun 15, 2016 12:15 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Our contracts call for the home to be left "broom clean and free of trash and debris."  Sometimes the sellers thing they are doing a favor by leaving behind paint, and I always ask the buyers first if they want the old paint.  Usually they don't.

Jun 15, 2016 12:15 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

PA contract :  'broom clean, free of thrash & debris' means gone.  A pr-close walk through will determine seller compliance.  If there is a problem contact other agent, if not resolved notify the buyer's legal counsel.  It may be necessary to escrow money to hire trash hauler to remove debris.

Jun 15, 2016 11:48 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I would sugget that the sellers ask to have them removed.

Jun 15, 2016 11:45 AM
Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

You guys are coming up with some whoppers today. I have not had his happen (that I know of) in 13+ years of RE. And opposed to what some people above said, it is not free to dump HAZMAT here in DFW. If it happened, and I caught it in the final walk through, I would hire and charge the seller back for "trash out" service at closing.  What is common? They hired a mover and the mover will not transport bleach, pesticides, paint so the seller asks if it is OK to leave it in a box and not once has a buyer said, "No, I don't want your free cleaning supplies and free yard supplies and paint to touch up...."

Jun 15, 2016 11:43 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I advise them not to leave them behind because of potential liability. We have facilities here that make it fairly simple to dispose of hazardous materials.

Jun 15, 2016 11:24 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

dry ones can go to recycling.

rest are useful for touch up. Hired one guy to take a bunch wet ones away.

Jun 15, 2016 11:20 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I make the seller take it to the drop-off center at the county landfill.  There is no cost to drop it off; the county has pallets and 55 gallon barrels where you put the stuff.

    If it is really bad, I won't take the listing.

Jun 15, 2016 11:17 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

sellers are to remove anything not fixed. so a paint can qualifies. me..i call the sellers agent (if not u) and ask them to remove. if its my peeps.. i will ask them to get it...hopefully its caught on walk thru before. good item to add to walk thru list

Jun 15, 2016 11:07 AM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

99% of that stuff ends up being dumped either in the storm drain, toilet, or in the trash can. Since gravity flows upwards for all that nasty stuff, thankfully it ends up in the air (where it is easily dispersed) rather than in the water supply.

Jun 15, 2016 11:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I always tell sellers to take whatever is not specified in the contract.  As for buyers, yes, if they want something left, specify it in the contract.

Jun 15, 2016 11:00 AM