When it comes to buying and selling homes, it's so important that everyone is on the same page when it comes to what is and what isn't going to be sold with the property. Then, you have personal property like a coffee cup, a pillow, or a chair. Of course, the seller would take those things with them.
Curtains and window treatments are always an area of confusion. So would the hardware that the drapes are attached to. The actual drapes though, can easily slide off, and are considered personal property.
Another test we have is the adaptability test. This is where we ask the question "Was this created or adapted for the house?" because the intention was for it to remain a part of the home.
The last test has to do with what the intention was when the object was attached to the property. Things like book cases and mounted TV's can get tricky. Are they attached? Yes, but was their intention to be left for the next buyer? Probably not.
If a buyer sees something attached to the home and wants it, they will probably be able to keep it. If you're a buyer and there is something questionable, we recommend this.
If you have any questions about the difference between real estate property and fixtures, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!