We are in contract to sell our home and expect to go to closing the first week in December. We in the process

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of moving out and have a number of paintings that we are taking with us. I would like to know if we are under any obligation to removing the mounting clips, spackling the holes and trying to paint over them? Thanks!

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Sharon and K…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Wed Oct 29, 2008

I always tell my sellers, it's not over till it's over. In order to prevent problems in the last walk through you may want to spackle large holes. If it's something small and not a large one I would leave it.

It's really your judgement call. If you think it would be a problem fix it before it becomes one and they are holding the closing due to it.

Lots of luck in the new place.
Karen Abramson
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Derek Joyner, , Winston Salem, NC
Thu Nov 13, 2008
Technically, no you are not obligated to do those minor repairs. However, these are usually the little problems that make selling and buying a headache. The best approach I think is to just go ahead and fix them. It is called being proactive vs reactive. You always save time and money being proactive vs reactive. This may be a problem later. You would hate for the buyers to walk through the home the day of closing when everythings out and all of a sudden they see a lot of these things and they think are we making a good choice? Can we back out now? Then your closing gets delayed because the buyers think the house doesnt look the same with all your nice stuff gone. Now they want money for little repairs. Sure we agents try to have everything under contracts. Sometimes it is hard to get emotions under contracts. Most buyers are scared anyway so if they feel like they dont want to move forward they will risk losing there earnest money before they get stuck with the house.
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Daniel Eberw…, Agent, Clayton, NC
Wed Oct 29, 2008
Best thing is to just have your agent ask the buyer's agent what they'd like you to do, but preferable have it all done in writing (email) so there is a record of the conversation. They may want you to patch the holes, they may not.
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Maria Nerio, , Conroe, TX
Wed Oct 29, 2008
I feel you should do what you would expect when moving in your new home.
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Linda Hinson, , Sunset Beach, NC
Wed Oct 29, 2008
Why would you not take pride in delivering a product in as move in condition as you possibly can. They did pay you good money for a home, didn't they????
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