Understanding a Home Sale: What’s Not Included

Understanding a Home Sale: What’s Not Included

Buying a home can be a busy, stressful time, but it can also be exciting. Sometimes, when you walk into that perfect home, you just know. It’s great to be excited about finding your dream home, but it’s also important to keep a level head.

You should know exactly what you’re getting out of a home sale before it happens which is exactly what Big Sky Brokers is here for.


In most situations, the hardware such as shower heads, faucets, knobs on doors or kitchen cabinets, ceiling fans, and lighting attached to the ceiling are considered fixtures, and should transfer with the sale of the house. For a time, however, it was fairly common for the previous owners to take many of these types of things during foreclosure proceedings. Beware the “as-is” in your contract if you are going this route.


Many people may assume that things like the washing machine and dryer set, the refrigerator, the dishwasher, and the stove would be a part of the home and transfer with it. However, this is often not the case. Always check whether each appliance transfers, and make sure it is in writing.

Window Coverings

This item can be another common point of contention among buyers and sellers. Will the shades or blinds transfer? Most often, the seller will not be able to use these fitted items in their new home, and they are considered fixtures of the home they are selling, and thus will transfer with the sale. This is not always the case, however, and you should always verify just to be sure.

Personal Property

This category includes a large variety of items that buyers and sellers have found themselves in disagreements over after the purchase of a home. Anything from flat-screen TVs, to mirrors, furniture, art work, above-ground spas and pools, home theater systems, and the fish in the koi pond – all of these are considered personal property, as they are not attached to the home.

Here at Big Sky Brokers, Dan and Jeanne Senecal look forward to helping you through the purchase process to help you reduce your stress. Contact us today!

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