When you buy or sell a home, what stays and what goes?

Picture this: You’ve just bought your first house, and are excited to make it your own, only to discover when you open the door on move-in day that the previous owner removed a chandelier and sconses leaving enormous holes in the ceiling and walls. This can be overwhelming, and certainly frustrating for a new buyer.

What do you do?

Generally speaking, anything “permanently” attached to the property must remain. So the curtain rods and shades probably stay, but the curtains can be removed. The dishwasher probably stays, but the refrigerator, washer and dryer can probably be removed. You don’t have to leave your prized 72” flatscreen, but you probably willneed to leave the mount affixed to the wall.

Sellers and buyers can negotiate that certain items will stay, or will be removed. The best practice is to include or exclude any questionable items in the listing, or at least in the Purchase and Sale Agreement, so that there is a meeting of the minds. A walk-through inspection immediately before the closing is essential so that any last minute problems are dealt with before the deed and the money changes hands.

Buying and selling a home are stressful events, even though they may be pleasant ones. The earlier you engage an attorney to educate you and ensure your interests are protected, the better. We at Ryan Faenza Cataldo understand the process and can be of great assistance to you in ensuring a smooth transition, whether you are moving in, or moving out.