What Stays with the Home when You Sell
Rule of thumb is, if it’s attached to the house, it’s part of the house.
Our possessions can become emotional attachments and can be the source of conflict with a buyer. That’s why you’ll want to have a list of what is excluded from the sale so there is no confusion with the buyer.
Built-ins – These are bookshelves, cabinets, and benches and – if they’re part of the home’s construction and attached to the wall they stay with the home.
Light fixtures – Ceiling fans, light fixtures and chandeliers. Yes, even that heirloom crystal chandelier. If you can’t part with it, that’s ok. Just be sure to list it as an exclusion. Or it is often easier to take it down and replace it before buyers look at your home.
Custom features – Custom window treatments, blinds, plantation shutters, and curtains. If the curtains match your bedspread and you can’t live without them, list them as an exclusion. Buyers understand if you let them know upfront.
Electronics – As with alarm systems, if they’re hardwired, like surround sound, they stay. A flat screen TV bracket can be a source of confusion. Often it is best to remove the bracket, spackle and paint the wall.
Appliances – Built-in refrigerators/microwaves generally stay. Washers and dryers can go with the seller, yet most sellers leave them, but you must make it clear if you are planning to take them.
A good time to decide on exclusions is when you are sitting down reviewing your listing paperwork with your realtor. They can best advise you as well. The best rule of thumb is if it’s attached to the house but you intend to take it, replace it with something else before you show the house.
If you are thinking about selling, contact The Swain Team today, we guide our sellers through each step of the process ensuring you net the most for your home.