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Marilyn2006, Home Buyer in Bullhead City, AZ

Are washer and dryer included in home sale if not listed?

Asked by Marilyn2006, Bullhead City, AZ Sat Jun 2, 2012

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they are not typically included unless you specifically request them in the purchase agreement. Anything that can just be unplugged and removed (think washer dryer, refrigerator, microwave) is considered personal property and can be requested or negotiated but is not part of the fixed property. This is typical for California but other parts of the country may treat these items differently.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
No. Generally the MLS listing will supply a list of any and all appliances that are coming with the property. A good Realtor will make sure to also note this in the listing agreement. A good Realtor will also respond to this in the counter to an offer that these items are "excluded" from the sale. There are generally 30 days minimum from beginning to the close of a regular sale and it's a really good idea to ask these questions right up front as nothing should be taken for granted which might equal disappointment in the end. I hope this helps.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 2, 2012
Generally if they are not on the advertising for the home, they are not included. They are however, commonly negotiated for. Typically anything not nailed or bolted down are considered personal property, so while a built in stove or dishwasher is included, a refrigerator, washer & dryer, generator etc are all considered personal property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 19, 2012
W/D are personal property and would not transfer with the real property unless specifically agreed to in the purchase contract.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 19, 2012
Hi Marilyn

A big consideration is if the home is being sold as a short sale. In a short sale, the sellers have lost all their equity, and may want to keep as much personal property as possible - and washer/dryer sets are considered personal property (see Millou Rose's answer).

If a buyer were to request them anyway, they could risk offending a short sale seller.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Hello Marilyn

Washer and dryers are usally not included unless stated as so. Now you could ask that they be included in your offer if you would like.
Let me know if i can be of any help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Hi Marilyn-
That is a negotiation item. Depends on all other aspects of the sale and Sellers position.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Probably not. I wouldn't assume anything! But you can always ask for them in your purchase offer!

Typically, the only things that autmotically come with a home are those appliances affixed to a wall...these are usually the stove, dishwasher, and perhaps a microwave.

Good luck with your home search!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
They usually are included and they should be listed on the multiple listing sheet, but then your Realtor, your Buyers Agent and I hope you are working with one, can always double check with your for certain items that you wonder about.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Easy to find out - make no assumptions - ask!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Hi Marilyn,

If the washer and dryer are not mentioned on the MLS listing as being included in the sale of a home, you can always have your Realtor write it in the purchase contract under items to be included in the sale.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
No, they would normally not be included,
unless you included them in your offer,
they were still there when the Escrow closed.
They are not "attached" to the house.

The Sellers, (you?) should remove them as soon as possible to avoid conflict.

Quite often, if they are there when the offer is made, and removed at the "Final Walk Thru", an arguement could be made....
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