When getting ready for a move home owners often assume they can take pretty much anything they want from the house with them when they move. It may be the favorite light fixture, best ceiling fan ever, or even the new stove that was just bought last year. Unfortunately the buyer may want some of those items too!
If you can't live without something - EXCLUDE it when listing your home for sale. Some items can be used as negotiating tools.
What stays with the house?
Generally, certain items stay with the house when you sell and move. Primarily items that are attached to the home. Here’s what to expect:
Built-ins:Built-in bookshelves, benches, and pull-out furniture generally stays inside the home.
Landscaping:Trees, shrubs, and any flowers planted in the ground should stay in the yard.
Wall mounts:If you have TV wall mounts or picture mounts that might damage the wall if you remove them, it is a good idea to leave them in place when you move.
Custom-fit items: custom-made curtains, plantation shutters, or blinds, leave them on the windows and doors.
Hardware: knobs and drawer pulls in your bathrooms and the kitchen, you’ll either have to leave those behind or install replacements before you move.
Alarm systems:Wireless alarm systems are designed to be removed. Otherwise, leave the alarm monitoring station attached and either relocate or cancel the monitoring service.
While you’re expected to leave some items behind, in general your belongings are yours to keep. Here are some examples:
Patio furniture, lawn equipment, and play sets.
Appliances:Some lenders require that a home have an oven installed before approving a loan, but for all other appliances, it’s up to you to decide what you will take and what you will offer as part of the home.
Some light fixtures:Generally, homeowners leave light fixtures behind, but if you’re attached to a certain fixture, you can make arrangements with the buyer to take it.
Built-in kitchen tools:If you can safely remove a mounted spice rack or the pasta arm, you can take it with you.
Rugs, basic curtains, wreaths:Small decor itemslike rugs or curtain rods that can be safely removed can be taken.
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