Items That Stay With A House When You Sell It
By Kyle Spearin
When you sell your home, you will eventually leave something behind. There are many items that sell with a house simply because they influence the functionality or would be difficult to move.
Knowing what stays in a home can help you to improve your sales pitch and might even play a role in how you price your home. Remember, you will have to leave behind certain items in order to get the full value of your home. In this post, we will explore some of the more common options.
Items Built Into The Home
Anything that is physically built into the home will be left behind after a move. This can look different depending on the changes that you have made to a home. In most cases, any furniture additions that are physically attached to the home will stay. This includes items like shelving, fireplaces, or any kind of pull-out furniture. Depending on the style of the yard, it might also mean benches in the yard or something like a patio swing.
Though some people pour their heart and soul into their yards, landscaping is something that will always be left behind. For some people, it can be hard to part with certain elements, but it is for the best. The reality is that your landscaping will often play a large role in the overall value of your home, so you definitely want to leave it with the buyer. Items like trees, physically attached flower gardens, and even ponds or waterfall features will be included with the sale of the home. Anything that is not attached to the home can be taken, but more often than not, your buyer will be more interested in the yard as a primary selling point, so be prepared.
When you sell a home, the hardware of the home will be left behind. This means that you will be leaving behind quite a bit of support for your home, but most of these features will come with your new home, so it isn’t a real problem. In most cases, this means things like smoke detectors and physical items like sinks. However, this has changed quite a bit in the age of technology.
Hardware has taken on a more digital face in new homes. When you sell your home, physical items like security systems, Nest systems, and smart home features will generally be left behind. While you won’t have buyers trying to take your mobile smart home devices, anything built into the home will be left behind for the next owner. Intercoms, sound systems, and other prominent devices are generally passed on to the buyer.
Some items are customized for the home specifically, which makes them a valuable addition to a sale. When you buy your home, consider what comes with it. The blinds in your home, while great, are likely a custom purchase for them. These will benefit the buyer and do not need to be taken with you. The same can be true for customized curtains or other fixtures that are specific to the home, like installed racks in kitchens and things of that nature. If it was made for the size and shape of the home, it is best to leave it to the new owner.
Appliances are a bit of a gray area when it comes to home sales. In almost every case, the appliances that you have in the home are an expected part of a purchase. No one wants to move into a home that is missing a refrigerator or dishwasher. These kinds of features are almost always considered for the overall home value and sale price.
If you are not planning to leave certain appliances, this is something that must be discussed in advance. Homeowners count on the home being livable when they move in. Taking major appliances can impede this and will add an additional cost. If you just invested in a new appliance and really do want to take it, this is something you should sort out with the buyer before the paperwork is signed. In most cases, it is simply best to add it to the overall value of the home and charge accordingly. This can be used to help you upgrade your next home with even better appliance options.
Lighting is a major selling point in any home, which means that it is always considered in the home value. While you won’t want to leave behind your lamp, any fixed lighting options within the home should be left behind for the new owner. This includes any kind of lighting fixtures, like chandeliers. In most cases, lighting options will play a role in the price. However, if you find yourself particularly attached to something in the home, you can always discuss it with the buyer. You might find that they intend to replace something anyway and don’t have a problem with allowing you to take it.
Spas and Pools
Having a swimming pool or spa in your home is everyone’s dream. While you might love your spa and pool, you will absolutely be leaving it behind. Removing any of these features would significantly damage the property and would lower the value. However, these features can also allow you to charge a higher than average price with the sale, making it worth parting with.
Remember that it isn’t only the physical setups that will be left behind. It might also mean certain features like towel hooks, custom tile, or hardware that applies to the area. You can safely assume that these spaces will be sold with everything intact, so price accordingly.
Though you cannot take every part of a home with you, you can ensure that you make money on the investment. Knowing this, you can prepare better for your next home and make sure that you are getting paid a proper value for what you leave behind!