Nail holes in the wall

What Should Sellers Do with the Nail Holes in the Wall?

What this article covers

  • Legal obligations for sellers when it comes to repairs like nail holes
  • Solutions for fixing nail holes in the wall

Sellers will need to figure out what to do with the nail holes in the wall when they move out. There usually isn’t a legal requirement for sellers to do any repair work for the nail holes unless it’s specifically stated in legal documents such as the fittings and contents form.

Most sellers shouldn’t have to stress too much about this as long as they aren’t leaving large gaping holes along the wall. You may, in some cases, want to leave the nails as they are (rather than removing them) as the buyer might end up using them, especially if they are for securing wall fixtures like shelves.

As a common courtesy, you may want to fill any remaining nail holes with Polyfilla or other appropriate materials. You don’t necessarily have to go as far as re-painting the walls as the buyer would usually have plans to re-decorate them. If you are ever in doubt, ask your solicitor or try and leave the walls in a state which you would be okay with if you were in the buyer’s position.

Published on | Last updated on 10/01/2023

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