Most people take the curtains. I left some when I moved that fit the window. It is a common courtesy to leave some curtain rods and hooks. No one wants an area rug and assume it is being rolled up and moved out , but they need to see the condition of the floor underneath if you are taking it and if it looks like wall to wall there will be an issue. If the floor is in bad shape and that is why youhad a rug cut, you should leave it as wall to wall and buy a new rug for your new home.
A fixture is anything that would leave a hole that need to be repaired, curtains and rods can go but technically the holders for the rods would stay. Talk to your agent they will make sure you get to keep what you want to keep. Again if you are keeping something that would normally stay, exclude it in a disclosure.
If you have not yet sold your house ...
you can specify which things are not included in the sale. In the case of the rug, you should let potential buyers know that the rug is not attached and that it is not included in the sale.
If your house is under contract, you will need to abide by the sale contract....
- In Massachusetts, the standard purchase and sale agreement specifies that you have to leave all fixtures, that is, all things which are attached. This includes curtain rods and blinds, but does not include the curtains which are hung on the rods. Unless otherwise agreed upon with the buyer, you can take your curtains.
- The purchase agreement also says that wall-to-wall carpets are included in the sale. This is a little tricky because your rug, although by some definitions an area rug, is in fact wall-to-wall. If you have a dispute with your current buyer, you will need to negotiate to resolve the problem ... assuming you want to sell the house and the buyer wants to buy it.
If you have any other questions or need any assistance, please feel free to contact me. I am located right down the road in Marstons Mills.
Diane Wurzburg, Keller William Realty
The way that the rules probably read is that anything that is "not attached" is considered Personal Property.
Wall to wall carpeting is attached; a rug is not.
The Stove is attached; the refrigerator is not.
The ceiling fan/light is attached; the table lamp is not.
Curtains have often come into question as to whether they are attached or not; I have told my Sellers to list them as "not-included" if they want them. I have told my Buyers to list them as "included" in their Offer.
It all comes down to communication; not fighting over small stuff at the Closing.