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.