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2013-09-24 18:00:24
Tips on the Contract & Included Items

contract to buy a home in daybreakBuying and selling a home can be a difficult process and the contracts can be even more confusing. Some items are automatically included with the home when selling unless you clearly state otherwise. It is important to know upfront what is included as part of the “house”. Having a real estate agent to guide you through the process really helps to reduce stress and avoid conflict. Let your agent do the work for you! Here are some tips on the contract and included items.

Here is a list of the common items that are included as part of a Real Estate purchase:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning fixtures and equipment
  • Ovens, Ranges and Hoods
  • Cook Tops
  • Dishwashers
  • Lighting Fixtures (this includes the bulbs!) and Ceiling fans
  • Water Heaters  
  • Bathroom Fixtures (shower rod, towel bar, toilet paper holder, etc)
  • Bathroom Mirrors
  • Window Coverings: curtains, draperies, rods, window blinds and shutters
  • Window & Door Screens
  • Storm Doors & Windows
  • Awnings and Pergolas
  • Satellite Dishes
  • Affixed Carpets
  • Automatic Garage Door Openers & Accompanying Transmitter
  • Security System
  • Fencing & Landscaping

Some other items that may be included are:

  • Washer & Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave Oven
  • Gas BBQ Grill

In our experience selling homes in Daybreak, most of the time the refrigerator and the microwave do stay with the home. It may seem funny to mention things like a toilet paper holder being included. Most people wouldn’t go to the trouble to remove that when they were moving. However, one of our clients who were buying a home in Daybreak moved in to find all of the bathroom hardware and even some doorknobs removed! This isn’t typical, but it is important for both buyers and sellers to have a clear understanding of what fixtures in the home are included with the sale. While it is obvious that certain things are included, sometimes disputes arise.

Before you list your home for sale in Daybreak, it is a good idea to walk through the house and take a look at some of the items considered “fixtures”. If you are attached to a light fixture or any window coverings that would be included with the home, let your Realtor know. They will need to exclude these on the listing and in the contract. Sometimes people want to take these items because they match the furniture and décor, or they have family significance for example. Whatever the reason, I would highly suggest just taking any light fixtures or window covings down and replacing them with something else prior to showing your home. What buyers don’t see, they won’t miss. This avoids any potential problems later on.

Contracts are legally binding and you should make sure you are comfortable with the terms before signing it. Having an experienced real estate agent to walk you through the process is so helpful to understand the terms of the purchase contract and really know what you are signing. Before signing a contract or counteroffer make sure you agree to all the contract dates, terms, and inclusions because once you sign it can only be voidable by the other party. If something is important to you, like a closing or possession dates, make sure to address that in the initial negotiations rather than waiting and hoping it can be changed later on.

Most importantly, the biggest tip to help you navigate the process of buying or selling a home and being able to understand the contract terms is to work with a qualified Realtor. Make sure you pick an experienced real estate agent that knows your area, is confident, and well educated on the process. Good luck and we hope the experience of your transaction is easy and painless! If you are in the process of looking for a Daybreak real estate agent, we would love to speak with you and interview for the opportunity of helping you with your 2013 real estate needs! ~Jamie Jo & The Daybreak Houses Team



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