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So you’ve sold your home, and moving day is approaching. The movers will have the last of your stuff out by 2 pm. Your buyers have been great to work with, so you want to go the extra mile for them. The housecleaners are coming at 3 pm to make sure the house is sparkling clean. As you look around the home, you realize that the carpets are looking a little dirty, so you think you should call a carpet cleaner to clean the carpets once everyone else is done, just as a little extra thoughtful gesture on your part that your buyer will appreciate.


Sounds like a good plan? Better check with your buyer! I had this experience with the last home I sold, and when I mentioned my “great plan” to the buyer at our walk-through, she turned to me and said, “Thanks for the offer, but please don’t!” What I hadn’t considered is that they were planning to start moving in immediately once we were out and turned over the keys. And as you know, it can take hours, if not a full day, for carpets to fully dry. They didn’t want to set their furniture and boxes down on wet carpet. Also, walking on wet carpet then going back outside tracks more dirt and grime in then if it was dry, and they would be going in and out A LOT over the next day or two.


So in this case, we just didn’t have the carpets cleaned at close of escrow, and that was just FINE with the buyers. So be sure to check with your buyers if you find yourself in a similar situation. Some might appreciate it being done, others might not.


Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I am chairing the annual Golden Hills Community Church’s FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for Brentwood. We serve a hot meal of turkey, ham, and all the fixin’s. We also try to send everyone home with a bag of food and some clothes. This will be at the Brentwood Vet’s Hall at 757 First St. from 10:30 to 2:00 on Thanksgiving Day. All are welcome to attend.


If you know anyone in the local area that could use a meal that day, but can’t make it physically to the Vet’s Hall, please email me their name, address and phone number at Brian@SharpHomesOnline.com and we’ll get a meal(s) to them Thanksgiving Day.


We are usually blessed with more than enough physical help the day of the event to serve the meals, but we could always use more canned goods and/or clothing. You can drop them off at my office anytime between now and up until the day before Thanksgiving. We are in need of canned food (soup, tuna, veggies, fruits, etc.), non-perishables like noodles, cereal, bread, bottled drinks, etc. We can also use any type of clean, usable clothing, blankets, jackets, etc. New baby diapers in any size are also VERY popular! We are located at 320 Fairview Ave. in Brentwood. If you come by after hours, just drop them off on our porch.


If you will be around on Thanksgiving Day, you could also cook and carve a turkey (or ham) and bring it to the Vet’s Hall in the morning. Other needs for the day of the event will be pies, sweet potatoes and stuffing. The sweet potatoes and stuffing will need to be cooked and then dropped off Thanksgiving Day in a disposable pan.

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