Which Fixtures Will You Convey?
As a home seller, it’s important to understand that all built-ins remain with the home, but what do you plan to do about items like refrigerators, chandeliers, washers, dryers and other fixtures?
Customs vary in different parts of the country, but typically anything that is built-in or attached to the home stays with the home and belongs to the new buyer. But a chandelier is attached to the ceiling only by wires. Would it automatically stay?
Yes, it would convey, but it can also be replaced or excluded. The key is to replace it before your Berkshire
listing. What you can’t do is exclude it in your response to the buyer’s offer, because all promises contained in the MLS listing document become part of your contract, so you can’t make an exclusion after the fact.
Your network sales professional will let you know about the market and if it’s to your advantage to convey or exclude. If you have new appliances, for example, they are valuable enough to take with you, but they may also be valuable to your buyer.
Your sales contract should have a section that covers personal property and fixtures. This is where your buyer may ask for something to convey, such as the refrigerator. Then, it’s your choice to do so, or use it as a negotiation tool.
GET THE BEST MOVER
Moving is a big job but you can make it much easier by choosing a reliable mover.
Start early. Ask family and friends for referrals, then compare price and service estimates from several moving companies. Your mover should be licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, or by your state.
Licensed interstate movers must offer two types of liability options: Full Value Protection and Released Value. Full value means full replacement cost, while released value is approximately 60 cents per pound per item. You can also purchase third-party insurance for more protection.
Binding estimates are based on the weight of your household items, the distance they will be moved, and the amount of packing and other services you will require, so the mover’s estimator should thoroughly look at what is to be moved. Point out extra-heavy or fragile objects, and share special conditions, such as parking restrictions, number of stories, and freight elevator use.
Make sure you understand all rates and charges that will apply, the mover’s liability for your belongings, pick-up and delivery schedules, and claims protection. You can choose the extent of services you require and have them tailored to suit your moving budget.