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!