You love the curtains in the house you’re about to place an offer on, but are they included in the price? What comes with a house you buy? Find out!

There are many questions that come along with buying a home, but today we’re going to shed some light on what comes with a house you buy. Having a clear understanding of this part of the buying process can help create a less stressful sale and maximize your buying power.

πŸ“° Details in a Real Estate Listing

The first place to look for what’s included in the purchase of a property is the real estate listing. The listing agent takes down information from the seller about items they wish to include in the sale and add those to the listing.

If the seller decides to include all of the living room furniture with the home, they will have the real estate agent mention that in the listing. The listing may say the home is fully furnished if they plan to include all of the furniture you see when you visit the open house.

Keep in mind that just because something isn’t expressly mentioned in the listing doesn’t mean that the seller won’t consider including it with the sale. In today’s real estate market, you’ll find sellers are more willing than ever to negotiate terms. If you want something specific and it’s not listed in the ad, ask your real estate agent to make an inquiry. You lose nothing by asking!

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πŸ—£οΈ Talk to Your Real Estate Agent

You may be tempted to ask a seller something about their listing or what’s included with the property, but we strongly suggest that you save all questions for your real estate agent. The real estate agent will ask on your behalf and bring the answers back your way.

Allowing your real estate agent to handle questions is important because the seller’s agent may use your interest as leverage for the negotiations. Real estate agents have experience asking questions that get the best answers.
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πŸŽ›οΈ Not Just About Appliances

Many buyers believe that the only things included in the home’s sale are the appliances, but this isn’t always the case in today’s competitive real estate market. If a seller is downsizing, they may consider adding in everything from large furniture to artwork that won’t fit in their new home.

It’s not uncommon these days to find larger items added into sale terms, so don’t be shocked to see a boat, piano, or other valuable item included. You would be surprised by what is on the table in some home sales. Again, it doesn’t hurt to ask your real estate agent if you see something that you wish came along with the home.

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πŸ“± Contact The Wilson Group

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🚿 Fixtures vs. Fittings

In order to sort what is typically included with the house and what is considered an inclusion, we’ll need to take a closer look at fixtures versus fittings. A fixture is anything that comes attached to the property.

Fixture Examples

  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Landscaping
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Chandelier

A house’s fitting is usually something that is part of the seller’s personal property and only goes with the sale of the home if they include it in the terms of the sale. However, you may find it makes sense to ask for things that go with something included in the purchase of the home.

If the home comes with a pool, you could ask for the pool supplies and equipment to be included in the sale. The seller has the right to decline or provide a counteroffer.
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πŸ–‹οΈ Get Things in Writing

No matter how small the detail, it’s important to get everything down in writing when it comes to what’s included in the terms of the sale. When disagreements happen, the mediator will look at the contract before going further.

Let’s say that you’re at an open house. The seller tells you that he’ll toss in the pool supplies with the sale. When you get to the agreement table, however, he doesn’t acknowledge his previous addition to the sale. Without something in writing, it would be difficult to proceed with that inclusion.
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πŸ“‹ Closing Cost & Financial Inclusions

When you buy a home, there are costs associated with that purchase known as closing costs. These fees depend on factors like the type of financing, the terms of the sale, and services needed during the home buying process.

Closing Costs May Include

  • Title Fees
  • Attorney Services
  • Inspections
  • Mortgage Insurance
  • Administrative

You may also need to pay loan-related fees for things like credit reports and the origination fee paid to the mortgage loan officer. Lenders may charge an underwriting fee which covers the cost of the underwriting process. The underwriting process includes all the verifications of information input on the application as well as a review of the applicant’s qualifications for a loan program.

🀩 What Comes with a House You Buy?

Because each sale is unique, it’s impossible to tell you exactly what will come with the purchase of your home without knowing the details of the terms, but you do have a better idea of what to expect as you move forward.

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