Should you include furniture in your Home Sale?

Real estate transactions can become contentious over things like furniture. Don’t let this happen to you! Work with a trusted REALTOR to protect your interests in the sale of your home

Is the home a primary residence?

If you’re selling a vacation home or an investment property, it is customary to sell them furnished. Some even include all kitchenware, linens, and artwork. But when you’re selling your primary residence, don’t list furniture in your home sale. 

What if the buyer inquires about furniture?

If the buyer inquires about any of the furniture or décor in your home, we always advise keeping it very separate. Negotiate the home sale first and make certain that all contingencies are satisfied. You can then provide a list of items you’re willing to sell at what price in a Bill of Sale.  

More Do’s and Don’ts

Do everything in writing Don’t take verbal commitments 
Do have a deadline Don’t just leave furniture in the house 
Do check with family or friends  Don’t be vague; itemize 
Do require a separate check Don’t include in Agreement of Sale 

Bottom Line

More real estate transactions become contentious over things like furniture than you imagine. Your REALTOR is working to protect your interests in the sale of your home. While they are glad to advise you on staging and getting your home ready to sell – moving companies and other services will help dispose of personal items – don’t saddle them with negotiating who gets the sofa or the dining table. It can become an ugly and emotional drama.

We have experts to help you.

Active Adults Realty® agent Donna Beck is a Staging Professional. Donna became a REALTOR® because of her love of interior design. She really enjoys helping clients and longs to hear the phrase, “This is the one! It is like a treasure hunt for me. And with her design background, she is able to help clients sometimes see possibilities that they cannot envision or that they do not realize are fixable. HGTV has really helped REALTORS® with this part of our job.” FYI: Donna has 8 binders full of decorating ideas pulled from hundreds of design magazines to help her clients after they move in to help them create their project wish list for their husbands or wives, depending on who has the design gene.

Let’s connect today so we can help with your treasure hunt!

About Christine Davis

Christine grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Pittston, which is located between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, where she proudly served for eight + years at a variety of bases throughout the world, including Holland, Korea, and New Mexico. While in the Air Force, Christine spent most of her time working in the civil engineering career field where she thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds and experiences, and learned so much from each of them. Christine’s last assignment in the Air Force was at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and that’s when she discovered the Delaware beaches. Growing up in PA, her family spent time at the Jersey shore. But once she moved to MD, she became one of those many drivers making the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Friday afternoon to visit the Delaware beaches for the weekend. Upon Christine’s separation from the Air Force, she spent a small amount of time working in Washington, D.C., but it didn’t take long before she was drawn to the quiet, slow pace of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, “the nation’s summer capital”. Christine moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1999 and finished her degree in Business at Delaware Tech. At the time she was working for a large physician organization when a friend recommended that she become a REALTOR because she loved helping people and loved looking at homes. She was reluctant for quite a while because Christine didn’t think of herself as a salesperson. But after much urging by her friend, Christine decided to get her real estate license in 2003 and has not looked back since. Christine still doesn’t think of herself as a salesperson, but rather a facilitator between buyer and seller, working toward a common goal. Christine aims to make the process as smooth and fun as possible but also educates the buyer and seller along the way so they can make the best decision possible. Christine now lives in Lewes and although she misses the mountains of PA, she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, especially Cape Henlopen State Park. Christine’s philosophy in life is that it’s too short. Never spend so much time making a living that you forget how to live.

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