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Dee, Home Buyer in 33957

Buying a furnished mobile home in Florida. What does that mean? Are all detachable items present when buyer made an agreement to purchase included?

Asked by Dee, 33957 Tue Apr 17, 2012

When I saw the home the owner mentioned that in addition to her personal items she wanted to take some ceramic figurines. Now she is talking about taking kitchen items, inflatable mattresses, etc.

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Hi Dee, It means that all furnishing such as beds and tables, chairs are included in the sale. The seller should provide you with a list. It is important that you know what is included so we don't have any surprises. it shoudl be itemized in writing.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 30, 2012
If this mobile home is on a sellable lot and being treated as real property then the furnishings that are included in the sale have no actual value and should have been itemized separately on another addendum. Furnishings (couches, beds, tables, chairs, lamps, pictures, hutches, TV's) generally mean furniture and not personal possessions (dishes, flatware, appliances, towels, toiletries, supplies, art deco, vases, sheets, clothing). This can get quite messy if an itemized list is not done.
I suggest a list be compiled immediately and agreed on before you close.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
Furnished typically means furnishings, sofa, chairs, tables, beds, etc.... not the owners clothing, toothbrush, makeup, etc...those are personal items (why would you want them?) An inflatable mattress (usually in a box) would also be personal,personal items are usually small things not like furniture. Now if the listing said furnished as shown, then the kitchen items etc... would be included with out any exclusions in the listing agreement...but furnished means furniture.

It certainly would be a good question for your Realtor, I had a buyer who walked because the seller took the furniture out, we requested that they bring it back, they did not and would not ...so when all is said and done it still belongs to the property owner and they own it and can do what they want maybe the sale of the home is not as important as the mementos.

Best wishes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 18, 2012
That's a gray area. There's no uniform definition (that I know of) covering "furnished."

If a Realtor were involved, there would be a specific listing of items that would convey--chairs, tables, beds, etc. Including, perhaps, kitchen items, ceramic figurines, etc. Whatever the seller was willing to sell in conjunction with the home.

I'm guessing that a Realtor may not be involved in this transaction.

Realistically, "furnished" generally means the larger items. It usually doesn't include personal items and collectibles (such as the ceramic figurines). Still, as noted above, it could. It's negotiable.

So, what do you do?

If you've got a Realtor, let him/her handle it. If not, meet with the owner and make up a complete list of what conveys and what doesn't. Be detailed and specific. For instance, don't just note "kitchen refrigerator." Write down the serial number (if you want that one) so that the owner doesn't replace the existing refrigerator with another one.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
You should have requested a detailed inventory prior to making your offer to purchase. Furnished can be as simple as just the furniture itself (bedroom sets, living room set etc...). Usually when ALL items such as dishes, linens, figurines etc...are included the term "turn key" is used instead of "furnished".
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
You need a list of all items of furniture included in the purchase. You should have this list in writing. This does not include personal property, unless specified. Do you have a Realtor? Get the list in writing and then see if you need to do some renegotiating.
Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 17, 2012
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