Misunderstandings over what’s included in a home purchase can be a major source of conflict with sellers. So buyers avoid confusion and increase the odds of getting what you want with the following tips.
Don’t make any assumptions about what’s included in the sale. Buyers often can’t picture the home without that flat screen TV or light fixture that fits so perfectly in the place, and take it for granted that those appliances, window treatments and closet organizers come with the property. But come moving day, they’re often shocked and disappointed to see such items have been removed.
Every market has its own unwritten rules about what is and isn’t typically sold with the home. So while it may be customary when you’re moving from to include major appliances, for example, that may not be standard practice were you’re moving to. That’s why working with a real estate salesperson who knows the particulars of the local market is key to avoiding confusion and conflict over what’s included in your home purchase.
You should also make a list of everything you’d like to stay with the home. Be as detailed as possible, noting brand names, model numbers, colors, etc.: you might even want to take a pictures – some sellers have been known to swap items out, often for cheaper alternatives, before handing over the keys.
Your sales representative can use your list when writing your offer and negotiating with the seller. If anything’s missing come move-in day, they can work on your behalf to clear up the confusion and guide you through the process of making sure you get everything you and the seller agreed the deal included.