Avoid disputes – remove your treasures

Posted by on Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 10:09am.

When you look at homes for sale, you assume that every fixture in the house is included in the sale. And you should. Legally, anything attached to the house with nails or screws is a part of the real property and stays with the home.

What does that mean to you as a seller?

It means that if there is any fixture in your home that you don’t wish to sell as a part of the house, you should remove it immediately. I can make notes in the Multiple Listing entry, but not all buyers’ agents pay attention – so your potential buyers may not know that the dining room chandelier belonged to your Grandmother and will be leaving with you.

I know you love living with your special belongings, but now is the time to take them down and store them securely. If it’s a chandelier, a cabinet, or some other item that is essential in a home, install a replacement.

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve heard of a sale falling apart because the seller refused to leave a garden gate. Her deceased father had built it, and she didn’t want to leave it behind. She should have removed it or installed a new gate before the buyers saw it.

So look around your home. Is there something attached to walls, ceilings, or floors that you don’t want to leave with your buyers? If so, remove or replace it now, before it becomes a problem.

It’s my job to sell your home and make the transaction go smoothly. So call me if you’re not sure whether an item is personal property or a fixture.

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