The difference between a house and a home is you. The memories, the pictures, the furniture, even the paint color combine to create a unique blend that reflects your own personality and style. Improvements and accessories personalize, improve and/or allow for added functionality that a home may not have had before. Consider them enhancements when it is time to sell an Austin home because they add appeal whether it’s monetary or simply enhances the functionality of a room.
So what items convey with the property and what items move with you when selling your home? There are often many assumptions made here by the seller but make no mistake, the opposite thought process is often made by the buyer. When I have a listing appointment I try to go through items I see and review a contract since many of the items are noted.
When buying an Austin home Improvements generally affixed to the dwelling or property are considered permanently installed and built-in so they convey with the sale as real property. They include items like: shrubbery, plumbing, light fixtures, wall-to-wall carpeting, garage door openers, shutters, mounts and brackets for televisions and speakers.
Accessories include items like stoves, curtains and rods, blinds, draperies, artificial fireplace logs, above ground pools and pool equipment.
Sometimes there are items Sellers want to take typically because they have some sort of personal attachment to them. Grandma’s chandelier is hanging in the dining room, there are bookcases in the living room or maybe you just really like the curtains. If it is yours and you want to take it with you, the best thing to do is to remove the item before we list it. Removing grandma’s chandelier and replacing it with another fixture is simple enough to do and avoids discussions or assumptions later on.
If there is something that is going to stay visible that a Buyer would expect is staying, the best thing to do is to post of little sign on it so that potential buyers know up front that the item is not conveying. Later on when an offer arrives any improvements and accessories that will be retained by the Seller should be listed into the contract under the exclusions section. This way it is crystal clear to both parties.