Nearly every time a home is sold or bought, this question comes up in one form or another. Whether something is a fixture or whether it is personal property often is up to debate or personal interpretation, leaving all too often room for doubt and misunderstanding. While it is generally understood that if something is bolted to or fastened to the home, it stays, that is not always the case. Let's take some commonly misunderstood items:
- Wall mounted Televisions (commonly go)
- Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer (commonly go)
- Window Blinds, Drapes and etc. (Blinds stay and Drapes commonly go)
- Decorative Bathroom Mirrors (commonly stay, but have been known to cause debates)
You get the idea. There are different ways of looking at this, especially if you are from a different part of the country and you are moving here. The bottom line is that you want to be clear in the contract what stays and what goes. How clearly these items are written into the contract matters. These are just one area where experience and the ability to specify what the intent of the contract is really adds value whether you are a buyer or a seller. The key to either side is communication and clarity.
Having a less stress closing on your new home and a (relatively speaking) more hassle-free negotiating experience can be a matter of involving us as your REALTOR. We will help make the process smoother and when we talk about "putting our experience to work for you", this is one of the things that we are talking about. We know how to write these items into the contract and how to help avoid the issues that miscommunication causes. It is all part of what we do.
Have a question about what typically stays or goes in a home sale? Ask us in the comments below and we will be glad to address it. Better yet, give us a call and let's chat!