When thinking about the purchase of a home, there can be a long list of items that are considered to be in a “grey area” with regard to what is automatically included in the sale of a home, and what the seller will be taking with them. (Or alternatively, what you need to ask for separately in order to have them transfer to you in the sale).

Typically, hardware – such as kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs and fixtures – will remain with the home. But other items are not quite so clear cut. For example, even though articles like mirrors, artwork, window treatments, and ceiling fans are attached to the interior of a home, they may or may not necessarily be included in the purchase unless you specifically ask for them in the contract.

Knowing What Is and Isn't Automatically Included in the Sale of a HomeLikewise, appliances such as the refrigerator and the washer and dryer – even if they appear to be custom fit to the room – will usually go with the seller, unless they are specifically written into the purchase contract.

With that in mind, it is essential that you be as detailed as possible when you are completing a purchase contract for the sale of a home. And, even if the home’s listing agent tells you that an item is included, it is always best to get it in writing. Otherwise, it could lead to disappointment down the road.

Thinking about the purchase of a new home soon? If so, we can help. We’ll work with you to find the ideal type and location of the property you need – and we can also provide you with guidance on negotiating in terms of price, and obtaining the other items you’d like included in the purchase contract. Give us a call today for more information.