What is Included and Excluded When Buying or Selling Your Crested Butte Home?
What is included and excluded when buying or selling your Crested Butte home depends on if the home is furnished, partially furnished or unfurnished. It also depends on the individual seller and buyer as each can decide and negotiate what is or isn’t included in the sale of the home.
There are some standard features and fixtures that almost always stay in the home. Examples of fixtures that will usually stay in the home: a range, a built-in microwave, a dishwasher, a water heater, a furnace, a flat-screen TV mounted to the wall, surround sound speakers built into the wall, window blinds, carpet, etc. The washer and dryer and the refrigerator are not fixtures.
However, buying or selling a home can be an emotional time, and there are lots of moving parts. One party may not consider something a “big deal” whereas that may be unreasonable to the other party and violate the terms of the contract. This is where a good real estate agent can anticipate potential conflict, and provide advice to help create solutions to small issues before they become big problems.
What To Do as a Seller
As a seller, you should put together a detailed list of what is included or excluded and provide this to your real estate agent. If there is a special chandelier in the home you want to take with you, then take it down and buy a replacement so there are no conflicts. Fixtures are deemed included, as is anything that is attached to the home.
Don’t assume anything and make sure you are very clear about that things you will definitely be taking with you. Make sure there is no confusion about what is included and excluded when buying or selling your Crested Butte home.
What To Do as a Buyer
As a buyer, you should understand what is included, get a specific inclusion or exclusion list. Especially get clarification on the big dollar items, and put it in the Contract to Buy and Sell. If there are lots of items you know you don’t want, you should state that in the contract. “XX, YY, and ZZ shall be removed from the home prior to closing”. Otherwise your first task and expense will be to hire a mover to clean the junk out of your new dream home.
It is rare that a seller will pull a switcheroo on an antler chandelier, leather couch or an appliance. However, it is a good idea to take quick photos or video of the home and the furnishings and ensure that those expected included items are actually included. Fixtures are included, as is anything that is attached to the home.
You need to get the detailed list (either what they are leaving, or what they are taking with them). Ask for it up front, before you submit an offer. Make sure you know what is included and excluded when buying or selling your Crested Butte home. Go through the home and look at what they sellers are leaving behind, and what they are taking. The big items are easy to see, but what about the decor? If the home is listed as “Fully Furnished,” then unless it is excluded in the contract, decor items should be in the home when you walk in as the new owner. Just because a home is listed as unfurnished does not mean that you shouldn’t submit your offer with a list of the items you want to be included.
Seller Forgets an Item
Because it is such a busy and emotional time it can happen that a seller forgets about a certain item. This happened to my client the seller. After the fully furnished home was under contract for more than a month, they decided they wanted an item that was overlooked and previously “not excluded”. I doubted anyone would know if it turned up missing. But the seller said it was an expensive decorative item they wanted and probably nothing the buyer wanted anyway.
Since it was not listed on the agreed to exclusion list, it was deemed “included”. The buyer asked for a concession and as a part of the amendment to the contract. We added this newly excluded item to the amendment, and thankfully it was agreed to without incident. Avoid situations like this by being exceptionally clear about what is included and excluded when buying or selling your Crested Butte home.
A Good Real Estate Agent Solves Problems
I represented the seller on a luxury home that was being sold “partially furnished” and “all the electronics” were on the inclusion list. The home was under contract for almost two months and we had passed all the contingency dates. When the movers showed up to move all the seller’s items out of the home that were not on the inclusion list, there was a question about the video game device connected to the TV.
The moving people contacted the seller, and then I got a call. I looked at the contract and said, “It stays, because Video Game = Electronics = Included”. The seller overlooked this and wanted it because the old unit worked with the old games they had, and the grandkids loved the old games. The seller said, “It goes”. Guess who bought a brand new video game device and put it in the house by the TV and solved the problem? Win-Win. Next!
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