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Old 06-09-2018, 05:03 AM
 
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I finally closed on a house purchase and couldn't be happier although even though things have been very amicable with the sellers I have experienced something strange in a my opinion. I closed on the house a days ago and in the backyard behind the privacy fence were a few items the seller left behind, that I did not want & would end up disposing anyway but when I was in the back yard today I noticed the items were now gone. I feel that is pretty gutsy of the previous owners to come onto the property & take items as technically those items are now my property.


I feel I was pretty forgiving on the closing because during my final walk through the sellers had removed the curtains and rods (hardware), mounted speakers and attempted to take another item but on that item I put my foot down but to come back after the close and take property seems like theft to me.
I could have been a real stickler on the curtains etc since it was written in the contract those items were part of the sale but this latest is now pissing me off. Very glad I had the locks changed to the house & security system armed otherwise who knows. What's interesting to me is this is a very nice neighborhood were you wouldn't think folks would be so petty.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:07 AM
 
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Send an email and call your agent. They need to inform the seller agent, home owners, broker that any more tresspassing will involve a call to the Police.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Forget about it. You admittedly "couldn't be happier." Don't let some minor weirdness infringe on the happiness. Don't live for drama.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:34 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...a few items the seller left behind, that I did not want & would end up disposing anyway
but when I was in the back yard today I noticed the items were now gone.
I feel that is pretty gutsy of the previous owners to come onto the property ...
A knock on the door wouldn't have gone amiss here
but I think you have your nose out of joint over nothing at all.
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Old 06-09-2018, 05:39 AM
 
Location: NC
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You should have asked for the curtains and rods to be returned during the closing. Unless of course you did not want them.

Otherwise, the sellers may have thought they were obligated to remove the junk they had temporarily left behind. So, forget the 'stuff', but maybe have your agent contact their agent to gently let the sellers know that it disturbs you that they returned to the property without your permission, and you welcome a call from them if they need to contact you in the future.
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Old 06-09-2018, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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OP,
Talk to your agent.
Have them confirm that they will talk to the listing agent to inform the sellers that they no longer have property rights, and should not enter the property without your permission. "This is no longer your home."
And then have your agent confirm that they have had that conversation with the listing agent.

You don't need to invoke the cops or other drama at this point, but if you don't express your concern, the former owners may well continue to believe their behavior is acceptable.
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Old 06-09-2018, 07:08 AM
 
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I finally closed on a house purchase and couldn't be happier although even though things have been very amicable with the sellers I have experienced something strange in a my opinion. I closed on the house a days ago and in the backyard behind the privacy fence were a few items the seller left behind, that I did not want & would end up disposing anyway but when I was in the back yard today I noticed the items were now gone. I feel that is pretty gutsy of the previous owners to come onto the property & take items as technically those items are now my property.


I feel I was pretty forgiving on the closing because during my final walk through the sellers had removed the curtains and rods (hardware), mounted speakers and attempted to take another item but on that item I put my foot down but to come back after the close and take property seems like theft to me.
I could have been a real stickler on the curtains etc since it was written in the contract those items were part of the sale but this latest is now pissing me off. Very glad I had the locks changed to the house & security system armed otherwise who knows. What's interesting to me is this is a very nice neighborhood were you wouldn't think folks would be so petty.
Oh you're the curtain rod lady from the other thread. They took their own junk out of your yard saving you the problem of doing it and you want to find out where to send them a thank you card?

Plus how do you know it was them?

Just go buy curtain rods. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays...n-Rod/50015127 The biggest ones are only $4 if you can't afford nice ones.
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Old 06-09-2018, 09:38 AM
 
Location: California
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I heard of one family who bought a home with an new A/C unit in the side yard but after close an old rusted out was in its place. It happens. Secure your property well as they do know the house and might come back for some five finger discounts.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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They put the stuff outside the fence, right? I think they were probably making every effort to be out on time and not bother you. They ran out of time and STILL made the effort to make it right. But of course, there's a negative and positive way of looking at everything.
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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OP,
Talk to your agent.
Have them confirm that they will talk to the listing agent to inform the sellers that they no longer have property rights, and should not enter the property without your permission. "This is no longer your home."
And then have your agent confirm that they have had that conversation with the listing agent.

You don't need to invoke the cops or other drama at this point, but if you don't express your concern, the former owners may well continue to believe their behavior is acceptable.
This.

I would be partly glad if they took away the items you would have otherwise had to deal with disposing of, but it's also of course very creepy to think that they came onto your property without your knowledge or permission, as if that was perfectly ok for them to do. That's the aspect that should be addressed and Mike has laid out a professional and polite but firm approach to handling it.
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