What the Seller Removes

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Success Realty

Many debates have been spurred by personal property vs real property left and/or removed from a home.

That mirror and vanity in the bathroom.  The wardrobe in the bedroom they thought was built in.  Do the appliances stay?

There's something your sellers may have removed long before you listed the home and you didn't even notice.  

The fact is - these are important items and the FHA/VA appraiser have them on their checklists, so they should be on your pre-listing checklist as well.  My suggestion is add them today.


What am I talking about already?  Smoke alarms!!  You know what I'm talking about.  You can buy them by the box at any home improvement store, and for most homes a box will be sufficient.  

They were taken down because someone couldn't make them stop chirpping, and they've never been replace - or missed.  Until appraisal time.  Then someone has to run out and buy them, and often there is a re-appraisal fee for the appraiser to come back out and make sure they actually exist.  

Add a couple of carbon dioxide alarms as well and you'll be set.  Nothing like $100 worth of items you should never be without to hold things up.


Utah Hassle Free blogs are written by Jim Beitz.  The Utah Hassle Free Group is with Keller Williams Success Realty in South Ogden, Utah.  Connect with us at BuilderTradeInUtah.com or search for homes for sale in Utah at YourUtahDreamHome.com

Comments (3)

Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Nice post Jim! 

     When I saw the title of the blog, I thought about chandeliers and drapes.  But you are so right - the smoke detectors and the carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced!

Jan 20, 2015 12:29 PM
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Shelving, mirrors, and some window coverings seem to come up missing fairly often.  

Jan 20, 2015 02:12 PM
Jim Beitz
Keller Williams Success Realty - East Layton, UT

Fred - yeah I expect certain things and seem to forget about the simple things.


Michael you're right - those things come up and we even tend to counsel our sellers about what needs to stay, what might as well stay and what must stay.  We seem to always forget about the alarms.


Jan 21, 2015 04:09 AM