10 Things to Leave Behind When You’re Selling
If you’re thinking about selling your home, there will come a time when you’ll have to start sorting through your belongings so you can pack up and move out. Not only will you likely feel surprised by the sheer number of things you’ve accumulated, but you may also start to wonder whether you should leave some of them behind. The answer, of course, is yes!
Some things are considered part of the buyer’s contract and must be left in the home. Leaving certain other items will make life easier for the new buyer while also limiting the amount of stuff you need to deal with.
Before you do any more packing, take a look at this list of ten items you’ll definitely want to leave behind when selling your home.
- Window Treatments & Hardware
Window treatments, like curtains and blinds, aren’t likely to do you much good in your new home. They probably won’t fit right or go with your new decor. Plus, the new buyers will appreciate the added privacy.
- Light Fixtures
Anything that’s attached to your home is typically assumed to be included in the sale. If you have a certain light fixture that you just can’t bear to part with, make sure the contract explicitly states that it’s not included. You’ll also need to replace it with another fixture. Make sure to leave the lightbulbs too. Not only is it rude to leave the new buyers in the dark, but it’s hard to move them without worrying about breakage.
- Certain Appliances
While it’s fine to take freestanding appliances with you, anything that’s hard-wired or attached to the home’s plumbing should be left behind. This includes built-in dishwashers, range hoods, cooktops, and ovens.
- Owner’s Manuals & Warranties
If you have the owner’s manuals and warranties for any of the appliances or home accessories you’re leaving behind, make sure to leave those for the new owners as well. This will make it easier for them to order parts and get service when they need it.
- Leftover Paint
You’ll have no use for leftover cans of paint, and disposing of them can be a pain. Luckily, the new owners will probably want them. This will be a lifesaver when they need a small touchup.
- In-Ground Features
Items that are attached to the ground are considered part of the real estate property rather than your personal property. This means you need to leave behind things like your mailbox, firepits, and in-ground landscape lighting.
- Outdoor Plants
You should also leave your landscaping alone. Not only will the new buyer expect all of the trees, bushes, and flowers to be there when they move in, but it’s unlikely that they’ll survive being transplanted anyway.
- Extra Keys
Most new homeowners change the locks right away, but it’s still a good idea to leave any extra keys. This will give them extra peace of mind and you’ll have no need for them anyway.
- Garage Door Opener
If you forget to leave the garage door openers, the new homeowner will have to deal with the hassle of replacing them. Although they may decide to do this anyway, leaving them is just the right thing to do.
- Hardwired Systems
If you have a portable security system and cameras that aren’t permanently attached to the home then it’s fine to take them with you. However, anything that’s hard-wired should be left behind.
If you’re in doubt about whether a certain item should come with you or stay behind, don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent. This is just one of the many ways that a great agent can make selling your home a breeze!
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