On Friday, we mentioned a home-buying trend that was written up in the New York Times: Some sellers are leaving behind their wall-mounted flat screen TVs for the new buyers—both out of convenience and having an extra selling point. But we also cautioned buyers not to assume that a TV in the house during a walk-through would stay. In fact, here are four more appliances, fixtures and devices that might not come with the house. Buyer beware.
You know what they say when you assume, right? The whole ass-u-me, thing?
If you see anything you like in your potential new home, make sure you know for sure that it's staying. You'll probably even want to get it in writing as the paperwork is worked out.
Here are 5 things to talk over with your seller:
Yeah, plenty of sellers are leaving them behind, but that doesn't mean your seller will. Find out if the TV or wall-mount bracket are staying. If not, make sure you work out the repairs for the gaping hole the bracket will leave in your new wall.
As one commenter mentioned in our TV post, each market has it's own dynamic. Buyers in some regions expect that refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers will come with the kitchen; while others expect the seller will take them with him. Instead of assuming either way, just ask. Don't forget about the washer/dryer or any appliances that might be outside the kitchen (like a wine fridge).
Window Air Conditioners
Unlike central air, window air conditioning units are an after-market installation for most homes. So the seller might see it as rightfully "theirs" and take it with them (especially if they'd need one in their new home). If you'd like to keep the window unit, you'll need to bargain for it.
Admit it: You were sold on the house when you saw the gorgeous granite counter tops and that stellar chandelier in the foyer. Those finishing touches always make or break a house for us. But you might be very disappointed to see the sellers take that light fixture with them if it's not explicitly given up to the buyer in the contract.
It's exactly the kinds of things renters expect to find in an apartment that will be missing in a new home, surprising first-time buyers. So, yes, the ceiling fan might not come with the house. If you want it, make sure to ask for it. If not, make sure you make arrangements to have the ceiling hole repaired.
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