Occasionally we see it.Â A seller moves out of their house and puts it on the market for sale.Â They leave a couple of items; a chair, a motorcycle, a lawnmower, or a freezer.Â They're coming back - they're just leaving the items there in storage.Â They figure on coming back and getting the things out of the house when it sells, before a buyer takes possession.
Well, be careful, with this thinking.
If a seller has a house listed for sale, and it is 99% empty, and the seller leaves an item or two, typcially, buyers assume that those items are being left with the house. So, when an offer to purchase comes in, you can bet your bottom dollar that chair,Â motorcycle, lawnmower or freezer will be written into the contract.
Buyers see those items and automatically want them. Who can blame them, right?Â A nearly empty house, 'oh, look at what the seller is leaving with the house.'
The seller says, 'I had no intention of leaving those items. I just didn't get them out, yet.'
But, the buyer figures, 'They were there when I looked at the house, I figured they were staying.'
Often times, these items can be the focal point of a battle. I have seen and heard of this happening on more than one occasion.
Years ago, a local agent showed a house, where the buyer wanted the old singer sewing machine that had been left in the otherwise empty house.Â The buyers wrote it on their contract to purchase the house. The seller said no.Â When the buyer did the walk through on the property, the machine was gone.Â The buyer refused to close.Â Both agents tried everything - they volunteered to give the buyer money, buy her a sewing machine, but NO, the buyer wanted the machine that had been in the house!Â
The buyer got so enraged that she decided she wasn't going to live in "THAT" woman's house.Â So, she walked away, at closing, and did not buy the house!
So, when a house goes on the market, especially when vacating, sellers shouldn't leave any miscellaneous items.Â Â
Remove those items BEFORE putting the for sale sign up.
Leave it, and the buyer will want it.
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