Hi Susan, your cousin does not need to specify removal of personal items. As shared below, Para 9 does speak to the removal of debris and personal property by COE, as follows:
"9. CONDITION OF PROPERTY: Unless otherwise agreed: (i) the Property is sold (a) in its PRESENT physical ("as-is") condition as of the date of Acceptance and (b) subject to Buyerâ€™s Investigation rights; (ii) the Property, including pool, spa, landscaping and grounds, is to be maintained in substantially the same condition as on the date of Acceptance; and (iii) all debris and personal property not included in the sale shall be removed by Seller by Close Of Escrow."
IN ADDITION, you should also be aware of Para 16 that provides you with a vehicle for confirming whether all debris and personal property not included in the sale has been removed by the Seller, as follows:
"16. FINAL VERIFICATION OF CONDITION: Buyer shall have the right to make a final inspection of the Property within 5 (or ) ________ Days Prior to Close Of Escrow, NOT AS A CONTINGENCY OF THE SALE, but solely to confirm: (i) the Property is maintained pursuant to paragraph 9; (ii) Repairs have been completed as agreed; and (iii) Seller has complied with Seller's other obligations under this Agreement (C.A.R. Form VP)."
You have a few options regarding the Inspection contingency removal as well. The contingencies in the CAR RPA are not "passive", meaning the Buyer must remove them in writing. Going past the contingency due date does not remove the contingency. So, you could simply send an email to the Listing Agent (for documentation purposes) asking whether the personal belongings will be removed from the garage in time for you to conduct the property inspection and remove the associated contingency by the schedule due date. [ You might also want to suggest the Sellers consider ordering a POD delivery to have the garage cleared so escrow can close on schedule, see: http://www.pods.com
An addendum as Debbie suggested would be the other option. In either case, talk to your Broker first. Then pick up the phone and speak with the Listing Agent.