Should you Sell a house with or without appliances?

Many times the appliances in the home you are selling fit right where they are. They go with the look of the home, especially kitchens, and in some rare cases, increase its value. If the appliances are older or in need of updating, you might consider what it would cost to replace them and donating the current appliances to a not for profit for the tax write off. Unless the appliances are extremely high end, typically they do not add much value to the home since appliances are considered personal property. Practices vary depending on where you live. In some areas, it’s standard for owners to remove appliances, in others it’s not. In general, the majority of sellers include the appliances in the sale of the home. A rule of thumb is that anything considered a fixture is part of the house. When something is screwed, nailed, or glued to the walls, ceiling, or floors, it can be considered an attachment. What a fixture can be is anything attached such as carpets, ceiling fans, bathroom mirrors, etc. In most cases, washers, dryers, and refrigerators are considered personal property; there is no “automatic” expectation that they are included in the home sale. To be safe, talk to your agent – every State has guidelines as to what constitutes a fixture. Image result for kitchen When a listing is written, usually the agent will ask if you wish to take/exclude those things that are not included in the listing agreement. Hey if you want to take the stove, and washer and dryer, you are certainly allowed by law to do so. Now, if you want to take things that fall under “Health and Safety,” especially with an FHA loan for the new homeowner, then it MUST be replaced by you or the buyer. It has been reported in the past of homesellers taking that $4000 Viking Range and replacing it with a $200 GE Stove from a garage sale. As long as what was there under health and safety is replaced, you have done nothing wrong. What is extremely important is that these things are clearly spelled out in the contract and disclosed in the Transfer Disclosure Statement. An experienced real estate agent can best answer your questions as they relate to specific property.

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