Buying in Yolo County - What Comes With The House? Part 1

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty CA license 01873017

A common area of dispute in a home sale is what stays with the house and what can the seller take with them when they move. The California Residential Purchase Agreement from the California Association of Realtors (used in most home sales in Yolo County) is quite specific about that in an attempt to prevent disputes.

The level of detail can seem absurd but I'm sure that for every item mentioned in the list of items that are to stay there has been at least one serious dispute. (Ask any agent in Yolo County and I'm sure they have their own horror story.) The contract specifies that the following remain with the house:

Existing electrical, mechanical, lighting, plumbing and heating fixtures, ceiling fans, fireplace inserts, gas logs and grates, solar systems, built-in appliances, window and door screens, awnings, shutters, window coverings, attached floor coverings, television antennas, satellite dishes, private integrated telephone systems, air coolers/conditioners, pool/spa equipment, garage door openers/remote controls, mailbox, in-ground landscaping, trees/shrubs, water softeners, water purifiers, security systems/alarms. Whew! Quite a list.

Additionally, there are boxes to be checked for stoves and refrigerators.

Note what is not on the list - washers and dryers.

So what happens if the agent writing the offer doesn't check the box for the stove or refrigerator? Those *don't" come with the house and the seller is within their rights to take them with them. And if you hope to get the washer and dryer be sure your agent writes that into the contract.

The latest revision to the California Residential Purchase Agreement was released in April of this year - and has an addition that was made necessary by technological progress - that's in Part 2.


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Gordon Lane is a Woodland resident and Yolo County real estate agent who works in Woodland, Davis and the surrounding communties of Dunnigan, Esparto, Winters and Dixon. His family has lived and farmed in Yolo and Colusa Counties since the 1870s.

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Mike Byrnes

Hi Gordon Lane, I just saw your add and wanted to take the time to say Hi to one of my very first customers(not to mention one of my favorites as well) I’m hoping all is well with you and your selling lots of properties! I get a lot of jobs where people are fixing things up on their homes as they’ve decided to sell their home & relocate. If you want to send me some business cards I can send them your way to make listing for them and perhaps sell their home ! You gave me a lot of work years ago when my business was just getting on its feet and I’d like to return the favor! I’ve had probably 800 customers since the “Oak Park madness” but you stick in my mind as being a really good guy and I always enjoyed working for you! If there’s ever any drywall repairs or any home repairs of any kind that I can assist any of your Cliant s with as well, don’t hesitate to call ! It would be nice to hear from you anyway so if you ever want to call me to just “shoot the shit” I’d love to hear from you! Take care brother and Merry Xmas Sincerely, Mike Byrnes (Mike’s Handyman Service & Drywall Repair) (916)757-7202

Dec 08, 2018 09:12 AM