But aside from JR commenting about my "negotiable" leading to "nickel and dime" has anyone really said anything new? John addressed GRAY areas and the sandbox - valid response IMOP. Why is everyone addressing basically the black and white areas? I don't even have to repeat the black and white because a dozen people already have.
What experiences or opinions do you have about the sandbox and swingset?
Lori: I hope you don't mind me being ruthless on your post.
I do that as well. I advise my clients to remove the item if at all possible. Peolple tend to hat it when things get 'taken away' from them (even if they know it in advance AND they are not theirs to begin with). Go figure.
If you have fancy appliances you can use them as a negotiating tool especially in times like this where buyers are looking for bargains and good deals.
In no way should you feel obligated to replace those items, but at the same time do not let the deal fall through for an appliance.
Again you agent should know what buyers are looking for in your area and what they expect from a property comparable to yours in size, location and price. Have you had any feedback from showings or open houses?Anyone asked about the swing set?
Best of luck.
There should never be a gray area in real estate.
I have heard that a legal case (yes, in one of our infamous legal update sessions which I really enjoy and wish they have it all the time) where the sellers took the kitchen island - yes, built at the same time as the ktichen and has the same counter tops, cabinets, etc. But, no, the island was not nailed in and the buyers never checked. So, the sellers took it because it's not attached. Imagine when the buyers walked into this multi-million dollar home and discovered that on the day of closing.... Not a happy owner.
I have had a seller take a tree with them. It was a Japanese Maple that they received as a wedding gift and they just didn't want to leave it behind. They had to put another tree in its place though...
I also had a buyer that wanted to buy the furniture in the house we looked at, so yes, he purchased everything including the house of course.
Anything that is permanently attached to the property stays. Anything that is portable and movable can and may be negotiated. I always tell clients when listing the property if there is something they are specifically fond of please remove it so it is out of sight of the potential buyer.
However nothing beats a signed document by all parties being very clear.
The lighting fixtures by default would go WITH the house. That one is a clear cut exclusion that must be listed. However, it will make life much easier if you replace them NOW. If you don't it could cost you the sale of your home. The saying I have heard for years is "Too many deals are lost over a $100 fireplace screen."
The freezer, refrigerator and washer & dryer are usually check mark items that you say if they are staying or going. So you don't necessarily have to list it as an exclusion unless in your description of the kitchen it refers to "appliances." In the description of the laundry room you put w/d HOOKUP.
The swing set and sandbox are ones I have no idea about. I do know that you can't remove your prized rose bush unless it is marked as an exclusion. I would think if you have them pictured in your advertising, you would want to mark them as exclusions.
Personally, with everything except the light fixtures I would have them ALL considered NEGOTIABLE. Do you know what the moving costs are on a freestanding freezer? Why would you want to go to the trouble of dismantling a swing set and sandbox? Also, the answer to the swingset and sandbox would depend on the kind that they are. If the sandbox is a 4 foot in diameter plastic turtle, it would go with you. If it was wood built there and looks like part of the landscaping then you would probably need to mention it as an exclusion or negotiable.
I'm curious to hear what some Realtors say. Keep in mind Lori that local customs my be different and your agent should go over all of this with you before entering anything into the MLS.