Yes, it is common practice to leave these appliances in the home but as many have suggested you can take those with you and: have this noted in the listing, replace them, OR ...provide an allowance for a replacement. This might be a better solution so the buyers can select what they like.
Hope this helps you.
Janet A. Rehanek, Long and Foster, Warrenton Office
Yes, it is customary to leave your refrigerator and washer/dryer when you sell a home in Virginia. If you have an Appliance or even a Light Fixture that you want to take with you here are a few suggestions. Please have your agent put a sign on that Appliance or Fixture that it does not convey with the house. This will cause no problems when a Buyer's Agent writes a contract on your home. I normally recommend to my Sellers to take down the fixture, so it doesn't cause any problems when you receive a contract. A large appliance I always put a sign on it. Such as "REFRIGERATOR DOES NOT CONVEY". I also prepare for my Seller a sizable piece of paper typed out note and place on the kitchen island or table that a particular item does not convey with the home. So the sign shows in 2 places on the appliance and on Kitchen table or island. I also put in the Agent Remarks if something does not convey so there is no confusion.
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If you have a refrigerator or washer/dryer that you're really attached to and absolutely want to take it with you, there are a couple of options. The best is to remove and put into storage those items before putting the house on the market. Then replace them with appropriate-quality replacements. So, if you've recently bought a $2,000 refrigerator that you want to take with you, you'd remove it and replace it with a decent quality, less expensive one.
A less desirable alternative is to note on the listing that the refrigerator, washer, and dryer do not convey. It's perfectly ethical, but it does disappoint the buyers.
Hope that helps.
In my professional opinion, not including those appliances will hurt your chances of selling because it's one more thing that the buyer has to buy/do if they buy your home.
When interviewing your agent(s), listen for what advice he or she gives about what it takes to get your home sold and what should you should look for in a purchase.
Would you be more or less interested in a house that did not require you to immediately spend $1-2,000 (or more) for those items? Stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer all ad up in price.
We have a lot of buyers who can barely afford to buy a house. If the appliances are missing that may mean they can not afford the house and appliances also.
The only option to consider would be to say appliances would convey if the price of $x is included in the price. But would most buyers see that as a plus or a minus? Look at being young and trying to buy. What would you want to find? What would you look at as a reason to look at something else? I suspect most people like the idea of appliances being included. It makes the house a lot easier to move into.