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What Stays and What Goes in Your Lakeland Fl Home for Sale?

What Stays and What Goes in Your Lakeland Fl Home for Sale?

Selling Home - Moving AwayIf you are selling your Lakeland Fl home, you need to carefully consider which items will stay in the home and which will go with you. There are specific items that need to stay since they are generally considered as part of the home while some items can be negotiable. So before you put up your Lakeland Fl home for sale, you need to decide which things you would want to take with you. If you have already bought a new home, then you are at an advantage since you already know what items are in your new home. But if not, it could be a bit tricky to decide what to bring and what to leave behind for the new homeowners.

A general rule is the things that are not attached to the home go with the seller. If there are items that are attached to the home that you definitely want to take with you, then make sure to inform your Lakeland Fl agent so they can indicate it in the listing and to avoid misunderstandings with future buyers.

Here are some of the things you will generally need to consider:

1. Lighting fixtures. This is an example of items that are attached to the home that the seller may want to take with them since it reflects their personal taste. Fixtures are usually considered to be part of the home since they are attached and generally need to stay in the home unless stated in the contract that the fixtures are not included in the sale. If you plan to take the fixtures with you, then make sure you remove them carefully so as not to cause any damage. Lamps, on the other hand, are not attached to the home, therefore they are considered personal items of the seller and can be taken by the seller once they leave the home.

Does my refrigerator go?2. Appliances. This is an example of a negotiable area for the seller and buyer. Some buyers may prefer that the seller remove the furniture since they will moving in furniture of their own. In some cases, the seller could use the appliances as an incentive for the buyer to pay since the buyer won’t have to buy new furniture. If you really want to take your furniture with you, make sure your Lakeland Fl agent knows. If you are willing to negotiate with the buyer, make sure your agent knows this as well.

3. Landscaping. Plants, trees, and shrubs are affixed to the Lakeland Fl home for sale and must remain with the home. But if your plants are in movable pots or containers, these items could be negotiable. Garden sets, lawn chairs, tables, outdoor grills, and swings are all considered personal property of the seller which they could take with them if they wish, although the swing set could be a bit tricky since the buyer could claim that it is attached to the ground. If you don’t plan on taking these things with you, you may opt to sell your backyard items for a price with the buyer.

 

4. Window Treatments. This is another negotiable area. Since window treatments fit the specific measurements of your Lakeland Fl home’s windows, then you may not want to take them to your new home. If you are leaving your window treatments behind, make sure to let your agent know so they can include it in the listing. This is actually a good incentive for buyers since they won’t have to worry about privacy once they move into your Lakeland Fl home.  

Authored by Petra Norris 

 

Petra Norris - REALTOR®, SFR
Managing Broker - CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.
 
CDV TransAtlantic Inc
(863) 619-6918
 
Lakeland Florida Home Search
 
2 commentsPetra Norris • May 30 2013 06:45PM
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