We expect to close on our house the first week in December and are in the process of moving out. We have a

Asked by , 28467 Wed Oct 29, 2008

number of paintings on the walls which we are taking with us. Are we under any obligation regarding the mounting hardware. Should we remove them, spackle the holes, and try to paint over them? Thanks!

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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Fri Dec 10, 2010
Dear jj9r,

It would be nice if you did remove all mounting hardward, repair holes and paint.
It's a courtesy to the new owner and will be appreciated!
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jo, , Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Dec 10, 2010
A few tiny holes in the walls are not a big deal...Ask your agent who listed the home to take a look at it and see what they think...

Good luck !
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Marlene Clea…, Agent, Calabash, NC
Fri Dec 10, 2010
I would check with your Realtor - sometimes they want you to remove, spackle and paint, and sometimes you are better off just leaving the hole, and let the buyer do their own repairs -- reason being, the paint colors do not usually match and the repairs sometimes look worse after rather than before. Good luck!
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Marlene Clea…, Agent, Calabash, NC
Thu Oct 29, 2009
Check with your Realtor who listed your home, but I think it would be nice if you removed the hardware, spackled and painted.....
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Wed Oct 29, 2008
I don't know what the legal aspect is...but what would you expect when you move in to your new home?

Do unto others....
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Angie Mead, Agent, Chestertown, NY
Wed Oct 29, 2008
Hi jj0f,
Good question. I actually just went through this on a transaction. First, I would recommend reading the purchase contract carefully to ensure it does not mention anything about wall holes. (Each state and region can vary). If you have the time, and want the buyers to be pleased when the do a walk through your home the day before closing, it is a very nice gesture (although you're not obligated to) patch the holes and re-paint over them. As you can imagine, it is very unlikely that their wall hangings will be the same size as yours, or that they'll even want to hang their decorations in the same places you had yours. I would not worry about small, tack size holes, but I'm sure the buyers would be very appreciative if you took care of the larger ones.
Good luck and congratulations!
Angie Mead
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker
Gallo Realty
6129 State Rt. 8 Chestertown, NY 12817
Web Reference:  http://www.gallorealty.com
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