If you are buying a home, you need to be aware of the fact that sometimes when a seller moves out of the home they will often leave things behind that you will then be forced to do something with. The things that get left behind are often things that the sellers may not have realized would be a big deal to leave behind.
These items could include a pile of wood for the fireplace or a garden hose outside. If you don’t want to have the hassle of removing items from the home after you purchase the home, you may want to make it clear in your contract that you would like the seller to remove specific items.
The Final Walk-Through
You will have the opportunity to do a final walk-through of the home before you close. During this walk-through, pay attention to the things that are still inside or outside of the home. Make sure to look for items, such as boxes left behind, old appliances or pieces of scrap metal or wood. Anything you see in the home, during your walk-through, usually means that the seller left it behind and it will become yours once you close on the house.
If you want to make sure you don’t get stuck with to get rid of the seller’s personal property or debris that they have left behind, have something written into your contract that states all items – and it would be a great idea if you could name specific items – are to be removed by the seller before you close on the house.
Sometimes sellers may leave things behind because they think you might be able to use them. If there’s a fireplace in the home, the seller may have assumed that you would like to have the pile of wood sitting outside. If they leave a garden hose behind, they may have figured you could use it to water your lawn.
However, some sellers leave stuff behind just because they were too lazy to move it. Always be prepared and be on the lookout during that final walk-through.