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tim, Home Buyer in Arlington, VA

Is it customary to leave your refrigerator and or washer /dryer when you sell a home in Virginia?

Asked by tim, Arlington, VA Fri Sep 7, 2012

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Yes it is customary to leave your washer/dryer and refrigerator when you sell your home unless it is stated in the sales contract that the items do not convey.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Tim, It is customary in the Washington Market for the appliances to convey with the property. Having said that everything in life is negotiable but keep in mind that this is part of the psychologically of the sale. If you start removing things from the house that Buyers expect to have included the Buyers may discount the value of your property to offset the purchase of replacements and Buyers usually discount their offer by many times the value of the missing item. If you have a treasured or high end appliance or fixture that you want to take with you (like a dining room chandelier) it would be better to remove it prior to listing the property for sale and replace it with a new one. The replacement should be in keeping with the property's price point. No need to install a sub-zero refrigerator with a starter condo or home, but Buyers at the higher end look for certain name brands in their kitchens. Discuss this issue with the Realtor you hire to market your home as part of your overall marketing strategy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
Hi Tim

In Arlington and the Washington DC metro area it is common that sellers leave the refrigerator and washer/dryer, but it best to check to see what the listing and what is in the contract dealing with which items will be left behind. It is also a negotiating point if you want them to stay and the seller wants to take them. Also, depending on the age of the appliances, if the seller takes them, you get new appliances that are your choice.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
While it's up to each Seller to decide these items are frequently included and it sounds as if in your area this is more the norm so removing them is going to be perceived negatively by the buyer. Keep in mind, their used and they often cost a couple of hundred dollars each to move if you're moving out of state. While washers and Dryers are a standard size refrigerators are not and unless you have already bought a home and know the space available for your refrigerator it may not even fit.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
Yes, in our area, these appliances typically convey. However, it is solely at the seller's discretion. As for the refrigerator, the buyer's lender may require a refrigerator (and other appliances) in the kitchen.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 8, 2012
It is customary to leave a refrigerator, washer and dryer in a home. However, if the seller wants to take them, that could be a negotiating point. I also recommend that you check with your lender about the refrigerator. I vaguely recall that appraisers want to know that there will be a refrigerator in the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2012
interesting that in VA, based on the 2 responses thus far, it is customary to leave those items.

In my area, it is at the discretion of the seller.

Certainly, a built-in refrigerator (like a Sub-Zero) for example, would remain.........but otherwise, the seller can make that decision when the home is listed and disclose his or her intentions on the listing form.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2012
Yes it is the norm in Northern Virginia and the DC area. Of course you can always specify in the listing agreement (or the purchase contract) what items convey or do not convey.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 7, 2012
Yes, it is expected, and if not there their removal will be received unfavorably by the potential buyer. They are scrapping up money for closing costs, downpayment, etc., and they do not want to buy refrigerator, washer or dryer as part of the deal unless there is some discount in the price to compensate.
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