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Oven Not Included

I've written before that sellers should remove valuables from their home.  Sellers should also remove anything that they do not wish to be included in the sale.

As an agent, I tire of seeing "Dining Room Chandelier Not Included in Sale."

Then, remove the dang chandelier and replace it now!

When selling, unless noted in the contract, all fixtures are included in the sale.  A fixture is any item permanently attached to the home. 

Those shelves are attached to the wall?  They're a fixture and they stay.
That dining room chandelier attached to the ceiling and the electrical system?  It's a fixture and it stays.

It's quite simple to replace that chandelier prior to marketing your home for sale.
It's just as easy to remove those attached bookcases and repair the wall now, prior to marketing your home for sale, then it will be later when you're moving.

Actually, it will be easier to make these changes now rather than waiting until you are rushed and stressed by your upcoming move.

And, it never fails.  You must take that chandelier with you.  Well, guess what?  Chances are that the  buyers will fall in love with that chandelier and request that it stays.  You've now opened up a potentially contentious negotiation issue that could have been completely avoided.

A new listing of a home for sale here in New Fairfield, Connecticut, came on the market last week. In the public comments it states the following:
Cooktop, oven and woodstove are not included.

The oven is not included?  You've got to be kidding me.
And, no cooktop, either?  Come on now.

Who's going to buy a house without an oven?  And, without a cooktop, too?
If I have buyers for this house, then surely we're going to request that these items be replaced with items of the buyer's choosing - at the seller's cost.  We will choose the replacement appliances the buyers want, and they probably won't be the Home Depot standard discount versions of these appliances.

The oven and the cooktop are important items for a house.  If you must take them with you, then replace them now.

Sellers:  Any items that you must take with you, replace them before we market your home.  It will save you time and stress - and probably even money - in the long run. 





Comment balloon 7 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • July 18 2008 08:55AM


Don....I agree with you 100%, but at the same time, some sellers want their home to feel like it's still their home. I tell them, "No, this is no longer your home. This is a piece of real estate that we have to prepare to market and sell, so you can move on to your NEW home."

But they don't always get that.

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale (MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) almost 11 years ago

"Then, remove the dang chandelier and replace it now!"

My goodness!  Talk about barriers to sale.  This is one of the worst.  I'd almost rather see clutter than those dang tags hanging all over a house.  "Does not convey".

What does "Does not convey" mean anyway.  What are they going to do, leave a hole in the ceiling?  That built in in the library better be there when we close or we will not close. 

I learned long ago that when a house is full of tags (sometimes the landscaping too), I just write everything in the contract to convey or no contract. 

Buyers need to know that what they see is what they're going to get.

This ought to be featured.  I'm flagging it.



Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Don:  Over the years I have seen things like this more times than I wanted to.  I think it is also a reflection on the listing agent that these items were not removed and replaced before the home went on the market.  Good post.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 11 years ago

I had a seller who wanted to exclude the dining room chandelier. I recommended that she replace it prior to us listing the house for sale. At first she didn't want to, because the dining room showed better with the chandelier she had in it. I told her that most buyers would agree and would want her to include it in the sale. She agreed to replace it.

Posted by Richard Mielke, REALTOR, Gettysburg Pennsylvania Real Estate (RE/MAX Results) almost 11 years ago


This is a great post, and your points are very well made. Next thing you know, they'll want to take that exquisite front door with them, too.


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 11 years ago

Thom & Ray - Your point is valid, but you are correct that to sell, they need to take care of these things now.  Selling a home is different than living in a home.

And, besides, this home was vacant!  They had already moved out.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Lenn - You are so correct - we add these items into the contract anyway.  The sellers are just shooting themselves in the foot.  Plus, it makes buyers wonder why the sellers are being so unreasonable.  It starts the process with negative thoughts, which can lead the buyers to simply move on to another house.

Karen Anne - It is a reflection on the listing agent, as well as on the sellers - at least in the buyers' mind.  I've had sellers fight me on this.  If they won't listen, I won't list their house.  It's too important.

Richard - Exactly - if that chandelier makes the room look good, the buyers will want it.  Replace it now or part with it later.

Steve - I haven't yet had anyone want the front door.  But, it wouldn't surprise me...


Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 11 years ago