Lately we have been asked a number of questions about this topic.
Let us try simplify this, when selling your home, it's important to know which fixtures and fittings you should leave behind for the new owners. Failing to do so can lead to disputes and even jeopardize the sale. Here's a guide to help you determine which fittings to leave and which to take with you.
During a property transfer, there can be disagreements regarding the fixtures and fittings. When a property is sold, it’s important that both sides agree on what fixtures and fittings will be included in the sale. So it’s important that the buyer knows what items the seller will take with them and what item they’ll leave behind.
Airconditioning units / ceiling fans
Built-in wardrobes and cupboards
Curtains and curtain rails
Free standing ovens, fridges and washing machines
Bed / sofas and other free standing items of furniture
Television aerials and satellite dishes
Paintings or mirrors that are not bolted but hung or screwed to a wall.
Light fixtures and fittings including air conditioning units, ceiling fans are typically considered part of the house and should be left behind for the new owners. These items are often hardwired into the electrical system and removing them can cause damage to the ceiling or walls. If you have a sentimental attachment to a particular fixture, consider replacing it before putting your house on the market.
Before you start packing up your fixtures and fittings, it’s important to determine what you legally can and cannot take with you. Some items may be considered part of the property and must stay with the house, while others may be personal property that you are free to take. Check your purchase agreement or lease agreement to see what is included in the sale or rental of the property. You may also want to consult with a real estate agent or lawyer to ensure you are following all legal requirements.