But What About The Paint Cans?



Paint… Paint… Paint


More than once, I’ve wondered how paint color names are developed. Throughout my life, I’ve ripped through gallons of Celestial Blue, Balboa Mist, and Carrington Beige. More than anything I’d love to see color names that reflect the painter’s state of mind. I’d love to see Because I Can Purple, Teen Angst Black, or Time to Sell White.


In any case, we can agree on two things, 1) paint taste is personal 2) unwanted, half used paint cans are a task to throw away.

Here’s a quick guide of some such nonsense: How To Store and Dispose of Paint Properly


Which brings me to my point. In every contract, the property is to be left in “Broom Swept” condition. Meaning a removal of all seller personal items, not connected to the property, unless indicated otherwise.


Despite this understanding, sellers of all stripes seek to leave old, half used cans of matching paint behind, for reasons ranging from thoughtfulness to revenge. This leads to issues at the time of walk-through and a “discussion” of whether or not the home is being delivered as contractually obligated. Depending on how things have gone up to this point, things can get tense. So, let’s try to remove this as an issue.



As the standard offer and P&S agreement read, the cans of Sea Otter and Ashley Grey need to be removed by the seller prior to closing. The P&S can be amended otherwise. So, at some point, the seller should ask and the buyer can say yes or no. This discussion is best to occur sometime around the home inspection so that it may be finalized in the P&S Agreement.


If you have any questions about these details like this and when to raise them, it’s okay, call me.



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