What Stays With The House When You Sell Your House?

What to leave behind when selling house [What Stays what will not]

It is time for your property to relocate and pack up. You may be keen to know what to take from the property before leaving with all the excitement and excitement of the proceeding.

We have sold our home recently. We were getting things sorted to move. We were wondering what stays with the house and what not.I did a Lot of Research what we can take with us and what we cannot.  

Here is what I Figured out.

The first step is to examine what is included in the contract. Many individuals are now selling furnished houses, so it’s essential to know what to take with you on your journey.

Usually, fixtures are identified by an object which cannot be removed easily without causing property harm.  Things like fitting lamps or ovens, cabinets , Curtain rods, any wall Mountings.Since they are connected into the home, are regarded as fixtures. 

Essentially, it’s a fixture for the house if something is linked to it.

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The sales agreement should identify and include fixtures when a house is being rented.

If an appliance is attached to the house when it is advertised, donate that appliance when selling your house. 

The fixtures are the ones that came along with your house and also if you remove them It may damage the wall or floor.

Most of appliances, electronics and other specialised products ar not Fixtures as they can be Un-Plugged.When a house is purchased and sold, everything can be negotiated, as long as the contract exists.

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Items from your house you cannot take include:

  • Fixed surfaces, such as tiles or tapestries (excludes rugs)
  • Fans of ceiling and light connected accessory
  • Fixed Ovens and stove
  • Dishwashers integrated 
  • Frontyard Postbox
  • Fixed Cloth drying strings in the backyard
  • Joineries like wardrobes, regiments or armoires constructed into 
  • Ridge bars – (the curtains are not a fixture unless included in the contract)
  • Curtain Rods and any Fancy stuff that are fixed on the wall( removing which can damage the wall or floor). When we sold our house , we gave away my fancy Lighting arrangement that I had on my Vanity.

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There could always be Fixture  confusion

You would be astonished to know what people think that are fixtures. 

To Many buyers, for example, think that any item they have placed in the house may come with them when it’s sold, but it does not work this way. 

When we Built our first house , our house came with cheap Light bulb covers on the ceiling in all rooms. It was not to our liking,  so In order to remedy this irritation, we bought  few expensive Chandelier Lights and replaced them all rooms. 

Now,The Chandelier belongs to us and not to the house so our favourite ceiling Chandeliers can be removed and not a part of the sold house.

When we sold the property  , we removed those expensive ones and replaced with the ones which we received from the Builder. 

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How do you Recognise a Fixture

As a rule, removing an item is deemed a fixture in the case of a screwdriver or damage to the property. The property-specific items are generally equipment as well.

It’s Important to check the Method of attachment:  Check if it is permanent or can it be removed easily with out damaging the property or the equipment itself.

Adaptability: If something is easily detachable (such as a floating floor), is it considered an important part of the home?

Relationship between the parties: It is more probable that the buyer will prevail in a disagreement between a buyer and a seller.

The party’s goal is as follows: Was it intended to be a long-term solution when it was installed in the first place?

What is the agreement between the parties? What is stated in the sales contract?

There are the items that are not often included in a home sell

A refrigerator , a wine refrigerator or a Deep Freezer

Leaving a refrigerator  in the kitchen is not essential, but it is common for sellers to do so.

While huge, heavy, and difficult to move, if the appliances are not permanently attached to the property, they are not considered fixtures and can be removed without causing damage to the property. However, If you want you can leave it as a Fixture.

A washing machines and dryer 

Washing machines may be unplugged and removed with relative ease as well. Every one of these appliances is often regarded to be personal property.

Fish/turtle in the Fountains pond: 

While the pond or water feature itself is generally considered a permanent fixture and hence cannot be moved, the fish are considered personal property and can be moved.

The fish are not considered fixtures, and the sellers are free to bring them with them to their new home unless otherwise stated in the sales contract through an exclusion or an amendment to the contract.

Home theatre systems 

Home theatre systems and any projectors are considered personal property in most states, and include the external speakers and television that are part of the system. 

In contrast, brackets and mounts might be deemed fixtures if they are not specifically excluded from the purchase contract.

Above-Ground Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools:

Free-standing hot tubs and swimming pools may be simply separated and removed from their mounting brackets.

As long as it is not placed within the home but rather in the yard, it is not considered a fixture and is considered personal property.

Occasionally, sellers may like to leave the pool or tub for the buyer (since it may help the house fetch a higher sales price), but if the buyer does not want it, the seller may be required to remove it.

As a buyer, you should make it clear in your purchase offer that you do not want the hot tub or pool that is presently installed in the home that you are acquiring.

Window Treatments: 

Blinds and shades that are permanently connected to the window are generally referred to as fixtures. 

However, Drapes or curtains that are readily removed from a rod, on the other hand, are typically regarded as personal belongings. 

It’s understandable that the seller would like to keep the window coverings.The reality is that the window coverings will most likely not fit any of the windows in the new house. Its better you leave it there. In fact, We left the curtains to the buyer when we sold the house.

If window coverings are not mentioned in the purchase contract but the seller intends to include them, it is a good idea to include a note in the purchase contract stating that the window coverings are an excluded item.

Some more in the non-fixture list 

  • Potted plants and Indoor Plants
  • Microwave 
  • Outdoor furnitures that are NOT fixed to the property

Are appliances included in the price of a house purchase?

The majority of appliances are not required to be included in the sale of a house.

They aren’t considered fixtures because they may be disconnected and because their removal will do no damage to the surrounding environment.

Things like built-in stoves and ovens, on the other hand, are considered structural components and fixtures of the home and would thus be included. 

If you want the appliances to be included in the property sale, you may insert a clause in the contract with the seller stating that you want them included.

Is a shower head or a curtain rod considered a fixture that comes with a house when purchasing it?

Even though shower heads and curtain rods may be readily removed without causing any damage to the residence, they are nevertheless included in the buying price of the house.

Following their installation, these modifications are referred to as “permanent installations,” which means they are classified as a fixture. 

When it comes to these fittings, you may always negotiate with the seller to have them removed if you don’t want them.

What was the biggest eyesore/junk the previous owners left for you when you moved into their house?

We asked few people who sold their house and Purchased and moved to a new House. This is what they said:

Glenda says:The previous owners covered the kitchen cabinets with spotted contact paper. It was awful, but removing it was easy. 

Then we learned it covered years of oil and filth. They hid it. These were 1940s and 1950s metal cabinets. Oven cleaner didn’t help. 

Cabinets, walls, and ceiling were likewise unsalvageable, so we tore them out. When we started house searching again, I was much more careful. 

Oh, and numerous doors and one closet floor had contact paper, too”

What eyesore did the previous owners leave you?

Daniel says”

I don’t know if I would say “eyesore”, but I would say “expression of very different taste”.

When we bought our house, two of the listed features were a crystal pendent chandelier and a mirror wall (mirror tiles with some sort of gold vein pattern). Also, everything was beige: wall-to-wall carpet, wallpaper, drapes, blinds, trim, you name it, it was beige.Too Beigey I would call it!

Now, I have no doubt that the woman we bought it from loved that house, and she and her husband – who we think was born there and whose family almost certainly occupied it continuously from when it was built in 1903 until we bought it – took loving care of it.

But we were quite thrilled to find hardwood floors under the carpet, and trim that was in pretty good shape for re-painting, and original plaster under about seventeen layers of structural wallpaper. (Interestingly, the deep, contrasting colours we had chosen for the living and dining rooms were quite similar to the originals, but reversed!)

We found a little gem that had been lovingly looked after for well over a century. And hopefully someone will think just as highly of it when we are gone”

What eyesore did the previous owners leave you?

Erin says

We Purchased our 2nd Home after selling our first house.

“1.A mouldy sausage was placed on the windowsill. eeewww . The previous owner  nailed a storm glass over a damaged bathroom window as a’solution’

UK has chilly, rainy winters. The house wasn’t well-insulated, so the pipes froze and we couldn’t run water or shower. Mornings were cold even with the heat on.

 2.A huge wardrobe (there was no closet) that the previous Owner had painted as she said she would before we moved in, but had painted AROUND the wardrobe and not moved it. Spiders and cobwebs covered it.

I observed the scent of wet paint never went away, as though the inner layer never dried.

3.A fungus grew on the shower’s cement floor. I swept the kitchen floor every day, picking up beetles, spiders, and other bugs.Which we missed before Buying the house.

What eyesore did the previous owners leave you?

Brea , Canada says

” It was an Apartment we bought 5 years ago( Now we sold it and have a House) The flat was infested with horrible bugs. Office management told me they weren’t ‘showing’ units due to Covid.

The apartment is excellent and all appliances seem brand new, except the microwave, which was full of roach faeces and had a roach in the latch hole when I opened it.

Every door I opened had roaches, even the dishwasher. I could still smell the spray, but I wouldn’t let this continue. With traps and roach poison, they were gone in 3 weeks.

No matter the explanation, never book an apartment sight unseen”


Louisiana Realtors. “Component Parts: What’s Included with the House?” Accessed Jan. 21, 2020.