However--as a practical matter--practices vary depending on where you live. In some areas, it's standard for owners to remove appliances. In other areas--such as where I live--it's not standard.
As far as how often is a seller reluctant to convey those items--if the sellers are used to removing those items (maybe because that's the custom where they live) then there will be a degree of reluctance. The other reason I've often seen is that someone's bought a really upscale appliance--something absolutely top of the line--and they're reluctant to part with their "baby."
It's not often a deal breaker. As noted below, items that convey should be included in the contract. And it's sometimes one of the negotiating points. But, really, recognize that a nice, new washer, dryer, and refrigerator are probably worth, say, $3,000. And a perfect adequate washer, dryer, and refrigerator might cost $2,000. That's real money, of course, but when you're talking about a transaction of several hundred thousand dollars or more, those items are typically negotiated without a lot of hassle.
Joseph makes a very good point about recording the serial numbers of appliances. I've heard of instances where a home has very nice appliances but, on the day of the walk-through, adequate but lesser appliances have been substituted for the better ones. You want to make sure you get not just "a refrigerator" but "the refrigator" that you saw prior to making the offer.
Items that are permanent fixtures--an attached mirror, lighting, etc., do convey unless otherwise specified in the contract. (I've seen instances where someone has an expensive chandelier, or one that's been in the family for generations, and specifically notes that it does not convey.)
Best thing to do, if you've been caught in that situation, is to discuss it with your Realtor and review your contract.
Hope that helps.
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Actually, the plano is a marketing piece and nothing more. If the refrigerator, washer/dryer are listed in the plano but not written into the contract they don't convey - they have to be asked for specifically.
In most hom sales appliances are conveyed with teh sale, for a seller there is more value in a home with appliances included than without, for the buyer it is the convenience of having them when they move in.
As far as mirrors, most contract state all fixtures which means anything attached unless specified in teh agreement that it will not remain or will be replaced.
i hope this helps
Any item affixed or built-in stays and the contract has a specific list on page 1 of what stays unless otherwise stated in plano by seller & listing agreement.
As others have stated, what personal property and fixtures convey and what doesn't should be stated in the contract agreement either by the seller or buyer.
The contract governs what exactly should be or not be conveyed. If you are working with an agent, and it sounds like you are, you should speak to him/her since it's unethical for an agent to interfere with any existing agency relationship you have, including in a public forum such as Trulia. Contact your agent about what was or was not to be conveyed in the transaction because your contract is not available to anyone but the parties involved.
Many times in todays market the Seller will try to sell the appliances to get extra cash, especially with Short Sales. The question is what are "older" appliances worth? You may be better off paying less for the home and buying your own appliances. You do not want to be paying for a 5 year old washer for 30 years.
Good luck with your purchase.
Lorrie Feld, ABR, GRI, CDPE
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