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5 Household Items that Cause Disputes Between Buyers & Sellers

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While some transactions go smoothly, others can quickly turn sour. Unfortunately, certain items are more likely to cause disputes between buyers and sellers than others. From furniture to appliances, here are 5 household items that often cause disagreements and how to avoid them. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, understanding the potential pitfalls associated with these items will help you to protect yourself and prevent costly disputes.

1. Appliances

Legally, anything bolted, nailed, wired, cemented, or permanently glued to the property becomes a fixture. Fixtures are included in the sale.

2. Window Dressings

Drapes can easily be unhooked, so they remain the seller’s personal property. But the drapery rods and cornices are bolted to the wall, so they must be left behind.

3. Floor Coverings

A rug lying on the floor obviously moves with the seller because it’s not attached to the room. But wall-to-wall carpet is nailed or tacked, and thus forms part of the realty sale — unless the seller excludes it in the sale contract.

4. Hardware

Doorknobs, letter boxes, light switches, kitchen and bathroom fittings all transfer to the new owner.

5. Flat-Screen TVs

Flatscreen TVs are a legal gray area, so no buyer should assume that a flat-screen TV will stay behind. The only safe course of action is to write in the sale contract whether the flat-screen TV stays or goes.

In Closing

When it comes to buying or selling a house, seeking professional advice from a licensed realtor is essential. Realtors have the expertise and experience to guide buyers and sellers through the complexities of the transaction and ensure that their rights and responsibilities are understood. Working with a realtor can help resolve any disputes in a timely and fair manner.

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M. Graves

M. Graves

Hey Emerald Coast, I’m Monique Graves. Welcome to Emerald Coast Florida Living – a place for you to stay informed about what’s going on around the Emerald Coast. Things like the best restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities, real estate and fun events going on around town. I look forward to seeing you around town! REAL ESTATE REFERRAL AGENT with LPT Realty | SL3501776 | [email protected] | 850-801-6483 (Text/Call)
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