The seller won’t move out before settlement.
They don’t care about you or the painting that you want to get done. They have no obligation to move before the “final walk-through” that most buyers do the day before or the day of settlement. If you have asked them to move sooner you are overstepping yourself. You have no control over them and shouldn’t act like you do.
But…but..but…why can’t they just move out earlier? Well, they probably can. Unfortunately that is none of your business. It you wanted it that bad, you should have put it in the offer.
What if the seller is stressed and wants to stay in the home after closing for a few days? It would be very unusual for them to request to stay longer and even more unusual for the buyer (and new owner of the property) to allow it to happen. I wouldn’t let them stay any later than the date specified on the agreement of sale and here’s why:
If you let them stay longer you will not have any interested parties involved other than yourself. There is a lot of money exchanging hands at settlement between the title company, the real estate agents, and the lender. Those people are going to make sure they get paid and anything after that is your personal business. Who’s going to be there to force the sellers to get out if they don’t leave when you want? Not their real estate agent because they are no longer representing them. You would have to get a lawyer involved. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Don’t be nice because no one’s going to be there to back you up when get screwed over.