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Junk leftover at Real Estate Closings

Here are a few scenarios that may sound familiar for many in real estate:

  • You are at closing and the seller left a pool table in the basement, assuming the buyer wanted it.
  • The seller forgot to clean out the crawl space.
  • The buyer thought they wanted the seller to leave the hot tub, but changed their mind at the last minute.

These scenarios used to be a fairly easy fix in which the seller would offer a credit at closing and the buyer would take care of the removal. Unfortunately, things have changed.

In 2016 changes to closing disclosure regulations put forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ended buyer credits from being the simple solution to many of these problems.  Now, when any amount of money is transferred from the seller to the buyer, lenders require an approved addendum to the master seller settlement statement that acknowledges a change in price.

Essentially, when a real estate agent identifies personal property left behind in the final days leading up to a closing, it is going to take time and effort to coordinate the removal.  Hopefully, there are a few days to coordinate the paperwork; if not, there is still a solution to removing the items from the house and keeping the closing on schedule.

A professional junk removal company like Junk Relief is your solution.

Simply send us a few photos and/or description of the items to be removed and we will email an invoice to you to be included for payment on the seller side of the master settlement statement. This will circumvent the need for the lengthy addendum and underwriting approval process. Once approved, Junk Relief will have the items removed either before, during, or shortly after closing.

Identifying a junk removal company that is structured to be this responsive and reliable may be a challenge. From the “guys-with-a-pickup-truck” company to the national franchises, it may be hard to find someone who is reliable and quick to act.  Junk Relief is a local company who is small enough to know your individual needs but large enough to handle same day service.

“It’s the efficiency on the day of the closing where Junk Relief distinguishes itself from others. For many real estate professionals, the process of having a contractor evaluate a project is avoided. Being able to send a photo and get an invoice answers these questions within only a couple of minutes is incredibly valuable.  So working with them is a great benefit at closing.” Michael Mazek- Real Estate Attorney,


Joe Weidman

Joe is a Chicago native, born and raised in Elmhurst. He founded Junk Relief more than 10 years ago and has worked with more than 20,000 homeowners and businesses throughout Chicagoland. His passion for starting a business in junk removal stemmed from seeing the need to do things differently. He prides himself on his company's model to provide unexpectedly professional service.


If you’ve got junk in Chicago or the Chicagoland Suburbs, we can help. CALL US or TEXT US at (312) 800-1940.


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