When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, you’ll need to
know what’s included in the sale. You can find a list of Items that are included,
unless otherwise stated, in the standard Pennsylvania agreement of sale used by
most realtors in our area. Among the most common items are:
- Ceiling fans
- Light fixtures, including chandeliers
- Built-in appliances
- Smoke detectors
- Satellite dishes (if owned)
- Hot tubs
- Storage sheds
- Fences, including electric animal fences
- Shades and blinds
- Rods and brackets for curtains and drapes
- TV mounting brackets and hardware
- Existing screens and storm windows
Do the Washer, Dryer, and Refrigerator Stay?
The washer, dryer, and refrigerator are personal property and not necessarily included with the sale, unless the sellers agree in writing to leave them. Some sellers list their homes as coming with these appliances, but even if they don’t, you can ask for them in your offer. The sellers can counteroffer if they don’t agree.
What About Window Treatments?
Although blinds and shades are assumed to stay unless otherwise specified, the same is not true of window treatments like curtains and drapes. If it’s important to you that the sellers leave them, list them as inclusions in your offer. Sellers who are downsizing often want to leave their window treatments, but some sellers want to take them or to leave just a few.
If there is a question about whether an item is included with the home, list it as either included or excluded in your offer, according to your preference. This will help you avoid misunderstandings down the line. On your final walk-through before closing, you’ll have a chance to verify that the items that were supposed to remain are still there and that any items the sellers agreed to remove are gone.
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