With the housing market as competitive as it is right now, many people are excited to sell their home and move onto their next home. But what do you get to take with you when you go? Its important to discuss these items with your realtor when listing your home, as both the listing and Contract of Sale are going to include certain items and exclude others. For example, its customary that appliances are included in the sale of the home, but maybe, you have an extra refrigerator in your basement or garage. If you plan on taking it with you, be sure to tell your realtor you want the same excluded from the sale.
Additionally, most lighting fixtures are sold with the house, however, if you have an expensive chandelier you can chose to have the same excluded. Additionally, things such as shrubbery, fencing and outdoor statuaries are generally included in the sale of a home. As a Seller its important to know these things because you may remove something innocently believing that the same is allowable, when it in fact is not. For example, I once had a client who went to a walk through and found a gaping hole in the backyard where a fig tree had once been. The sellers had removed it claiming it was a family tree, however, as per the contract they were not permitted to do so.
This is also why it is important to pay attention to what you are purchasing and to be clear about what is include and what is not. This will certainly help avoid conflict and disappointment of a buyers who find missing chandeliers and holes in their backyard.