The question What Property Can I Take With Me should be addressed before you list your home for sale. Anything that is real property is part of the sales contract, the property itself, the yard space, plants, grass, ground below and air space above are automatic. What about appliances, window treatments, light fixtures, book shelves etc?
When you are selling your home anything that is attached to the property is expected to stay. That includes light fixtures, window treatment hard ware, and built in shelves. In Barrington it’s also expected that you leave all the appliances, kitchen and laundry; drapes, blinds and other window treatments. When you list your home for sale please ask the question and let us know about anything you want to take with you.
Personal property like pool tables, hanging art and mirrors should never be a part of a real estate contract because they are not real estate. So what to do if there is real estate you want to take and personal property you want to leave.
What Property Can I Take With Me?
Let’s look at personal property first. For the most part you’ll be taking it all with you but there may be the odd item you don’t want or cannot take. If you don’t want it you cannot add it to the contract and hope. You can offer it to the buyer but if they don’t want it, you must remove it. Try Craigslist to sell off unwanted items. Items like pool tables are often an item sellers want to leave. It’s just too big to take, or the cost to have it moved is too much. The same rules apply. Offer it, sell it or remove it but don’t just leave it.
Real property you want to take. You might have a dining or foyer chandelier you don’t want to leave, or an inherited item of real property. Perhaps specially made drapes to match the baby’s room or crib decor. If there are items like this that you want to take, we need to know right at the start. My suggestion is always to remove them before we start marketing and that includes taking photos. If no-one ever sees the item, it can never be an item of contention. You might have to replace the item with a suitable alternative, leaving an empty space is not advisable.
Pack your items now ready for the move. It’ll save confusion, arguments and heartache down the way. For items you have agreed to sell or leave for the buyer, it’s always advisable to have the attorneys draw up a bill of sale so there are no problems at closing or afterwards.