Now that it’s autumn, we all have a bit more yard work to do. We received another question from a viewer this week, “I’m selling my house and I have a lot to do. I don’t really have time for yard work. Do I need to rake my leaves?”

In short: it depends. As a legal matter, we must consider what Massachusetts contract law requires: what did you agree to do? Purchase and Sale Agreements often contain a “Broom-Clean Condition” or “Continuing Maintenance” provision. These paragraphs dictate what the seller is expected to do prior to closing. Those paragraphs will create clear obligations for the seller and should be followed closely.

As a buyer, you may be wondering if you can make the seller do a fall clean-up before you move in. We think it is a good idea to change the word from “make” to “ask.” Everything is negotiable and it never hurts to ask. You may be surprised that your sellers are happy to accommodate.

If you have any questions about selling your home, contact Stiles Law by calling (781) 319-1900.

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