Wednesday, January 8, 2020 / by Ariadne Gold
If you’re buying a home in the Spokane area, you’re probably expecting the appliances (fridge, dishwasher, stove, etc.) to stay with the home. But do you know what to ask for to make sure that they do? Along with that, do you know what is considered personal property and what is not?
The difference between what is considered personal property and what’s not is whether it is a “fixture” of the home. So, the built-in bookshelf? Part of the property (attached). The stove? Personal property. The list agent will generally list which items stay with the home, but its still important to make a list of which items are important to you, and ask for them in the offer. The Spokane purchase and sale contract has a place on the first page to check off normal items to stay with the property (stove, fridge, dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) along with a spot to add additional items (such as a stand alone freezer.)
Its also important to include in the contract things that you DON’T want to stay with the property. The contract states that the seller is responsible for removing all personal property, but if you ended up having a legal battle, one judge could consider an above ground pool a fixture and one could consider it personal property. So it’s best to clear those gray area items up in the beginning, to avoid the cost of you having to remove them after closing.
Some things that are considered fixtures and stay with the property include; the furnace, hot water heater, and light fixtures. Curtains and blinds also stay with the property per the Washington purchase and sale contract (so if you’re a seller and want to keep those, make sure it’s in the contract!) Some things that are considered personal property and need to be added to the contract include; fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer, dryer.
Sheds that are not built onto the property, the gates for horse pastures (which are not cheap!), and window AC units are another gray area, so make sure to ask for those if you want them to stay!
In the end, if you’re not sure, its best to add to the contract in order to avoid any confusion or arguments.
As always, I’m here to help with any questions! (509) 217-7172