Selling Home Listing Tip #1 - Exclusions
There are numerous items both the Realtor and the selling owner in Katy or elsewhere need to think about before a home is listed on the local MLS system. One of those critical items is Exclusions. The selling parties need to think carefully if there is anything they want to retain in their home and then discuss all of those items if any with their Realtor.
In Texas the refrigerator is usually not included in the deal. If the selling party wants to include the refrigerator and the washer and dryer then these need to be noted in the actual listing up front as this maybe something important to the buyer. Another approach is to not include upfront but use it as part of the deal negotiations. Either way the Realtor and the sellers have to be on the same page right from the beginning. One quick additional comment is if a seller includes the refrigerator in the deal upfront and the contract is executed then the seller cannot go back and try to take the refrigerator out this transaction. Doing so is essentially reneging on the executed contract.
Other items which in some shape or fashion are attached to the home need to be discussed as to whether this is an exclusion or included in the deal. For example, if a seller has curtains or drapes they want to keep, I suggest these items be taken down before the home is listed so there is no confusion and remove the rods while fixing any holes or other damage. As seller you can include these items as exclusions but be aware a buyer will probably request that all damage from removing the rods or whatever was attached to the home be fixed by the seller. One item which will cause a significant disagreement are TV's which are attached to the wall. Be clear as to your intentions and make sure the listing information is accurate.
Numerous disputes occur over what is considered as an Exclusion between buyers and sellers. I personally tell my sellers the best way to avoid these conflicts is to remove the item in question before the listing is executed. If a seller loves a light fixture and cannot deal with parting with this item then taking it down initially as this will eliminate a potential major dispute.
The best advice is be aware as a seller you have to make these decisions right away and stay with your decision. Communicate your desires to your Realtor.