What are some guidelines for what I can take when I sell my house? In my over 17 years as a Realtor, that’s a question sellers often ask me when planning to move.
Here are 3 things to consider then thinking about what you can take with you when you sell:
Is it part of the property?
Sellers cannot remove any of the landscaping. Plants and shrubs are considered part of the property. So, you can’t dig them up and take them with you when you move unless you and the buyer have a written agreement allowing you to do so.
Is it anchored to the ground?
For example, a swing set that is anchored to the ground would stay. A basketball hoop that is cemented into the ground would stay. But, if you have a freestanding hoop that is sitting in the yard, then you can typically take that with you.
Is it permanently attached?
If it’s nailed down, screwed in or mounted to the wall, it probably stays behind. Chandeliers and light fixtures fall into this category. And, so do curtain rods and window blinds. In addition, brackets for wall-mounted TV’s are supposed to stay with the house.
As you can see, there are a lot of gray areas. So, it’s best to follow the golden rule of real estate, which is to get it in writing. Having a written agreement signed by all parties to clarity what stays and what doesn’t is essential.
If you need help selling your home, please reach out to me and we can discuss these questions and come up with a plan together.