You’ve decided that it’s the right time for you to sell your house. Most of the items in your home are yours to take with you when you move but a few are not. There are 2 categories that sometimes cause confusion deciding what is supposed to stay with the house – Fixtures and Appliances.
This is the easier category. In Massachusetts the stove needs to stay with the house. Any other appliances that are built in must also remain, like a dishwasher or trash compactor or wall air conditioner. All other appliances are yours to either take or leave for the buyer (like the refrigerator, washer or dryer).
Where people sometimes get confused is with items that are attached to the house. Once you permanently attach something to a wall, the item is considered a fixture and has now become part of the house. A good example of this is a shelf. It has been permanently attached to the house and should stay with the sale. A picture, however, is hung on a nail and is not permanently attached so it’s considered your personal property.
There are always exemptions to every rule so even if an item is a fixture and is permanently attached to your house, you can take it with you as long as you exclude it from the sale. An even better idea than excluding it is to remove the item or replace it (in the case of a light fixture like the dining room chandelier) before you go on the market.
So as you get your house ready to sell, take a walk through and look at your fixtures. If there are any items you’d like to take with you, make sure you either remove them before you put the house up for sale or exclude them.