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Can I leave Heavy Trash By The Curb After I Sell My House?

Here's a good reminder that it is not okay to leave a mess for the next Owner. Hire someone, rent a truck, call A Friend for help. If you do not want it, chances are that they do not want the items either. It was not on the curbside when they purchased the home so they do not want to see this when they pull up for final walk through on their new home. Think Golden Rule.

No. You should not leave your old mattress, two dozen bags of trash, your kids broken basketball goal and a half dozen boxes filled with clothes piled up on the curb next to the mailbox. Shame on you if you do. It's extremely rude. How would you like to be buying your first home only to find a twin sized mattress soiled with bed stains and urine spots crumpled up next to the mail-box? Well, that's exactly what me and my buyers found yesterday  morning when we conducted our final walk-thru. The nerve.

Me and my buyers were smiling and talking about their new house when we made the horrid discovery. The smiles instantly turned into disgust. Rolling in the front lawn was a spider man sippy cup and empty box of Huggies that looked like it had been chewed on by a stray dog. My buyer wasn't able to post pone the closing or fight back.. they simply weren't in the position to delay any longer. We were surprised to find the house somewhat clean.

It doesn't matter if Saturday is "heavy trash day." Use some common sense and self-respect.







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Comment balloon 2 commentsCheryl Ritchie • May 12 2013 06:28AM


Cheryl good point. This could cause big trouble on the final walk through. Here if something isn't right for example the contrcts say the home must be "Broom clean" then money is withheld at closing until the former owner makes good.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 7 years ago

In my 10 years as an agent I haven't seen this yet!

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) almost 7 years ago