What Conveys When Purchasing a Richmond VA Home?

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What Conveys When Purchasing a Richmond VA Home?

What Conveys When Purchasing a Richmond VA Home?So you have decided to get off the fence and enter the Richmond VA real estate market. Congrats! No doubt you are going over your finances and wondering what ALL of the costs are to buying. One thing you need to consider is what conveys when purchasing a Richmond VA home. No worries, we have some answers for you!

Built-in Appliances

Here in Central Virginia it is customary for built-in appliances to convey. This includes items such as a dishwasher, oven/range/stove, microwave, etc. Typically the refrigerator, washer, & dryer are negotiable and do not automatically stay unless specified in the listing. To be safe I, as your Richmond VA Realtor, typically write in ALL the appliances you would like to ask for, including the items that are built-in just so there is no ambiguity. In addition, it is a good idea to write in the date so there is no "switch-a-roo" of appliances. It can be a simple as, "All appliances, as seen on January 1, 2016, are to convey, including: Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer, Oven/Range/Stove, Microwave, and Dishwasher."

Personal Property Fixtures

There are many personal property fixtures that convey as spelled out in the CVRMLS purchase agreement. These items include:

"shades, plantation shutters, blinds, curtain and drapery RODS (not the curtains!), screens and screen doors, storm windows and doors, light fixtures (not ones with a cord!), wall to wall carpeting (I know, this seems crazy but if it is written in here it is likely there have been disputes in the past), garbage disposal, built-in range, built-in oven, built-in dishwasher, laundry tubs, attic fan, smoke and heat detectors, awnings, electrical wiring connections for appliances, ceiling fan(s), garage door opener(s) and remotes, mailbox and post, outbuildings and sheds, gas logs, fireplace inserts and all other items  attached to the real estate and being part of thereof, including all shrubbery and plantings (yep, including the prize rose bush!) on the property."

What is Considered a Fixture?

Sometimes a dispute will arise in our business and what is considered a fixture is a hot topic. A good rule of thumb, in my opinion, is HOW the item is attached. If it is attached by a nail, it is likely NOT TO CONVEY. However, if it is attached by a screw, it is likely to stay. For example, a picture of Fido that is attached with a nail is the personal property of the seller and is theirs to take. In contrast, a mirror attached with a screw or glue should be viewed as a fixture to convey. Of course, there are exceptions to everything such as if the seller negotiated to take a fixture with them. Another exception is a television mount. While a television mount is attached with a screw, it is part of the television which is personal property of the seller, therefore it is NOT to convey.

Confused? Yeah, even we professionals have questions on this from time to time. When in doubt, get it in writing! If you are a buyer, have your agent write into the contract the items you want to convey. (I don't mean EVERYTHING, just the items that are questionable.) If you are a seller, the BEST advice I can give you is to take them item down before your house hits the market as a buyer can't want what they don't know exists!

Richmond VA Real Estate Agent

Want to make sure you know exactly what conveys with a Richmond VA home? Hire a professional Richmond VA real estate agent! Contact Shannon Milligan at the RVA Home Team, with Keller Williams Realty, to discuss your next move!

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Shannon Milligan, Associate Broker/Realtor

RVA Home Team

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Comments (5)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Shannon, great explanation.  The one item that seems to cause arguments might be the dining room chandelier!  A lot of times sellers just don't get that they have to exclude it on the contract if they want to take it with them.

Jan 15, 2016 01:48 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker

Yes, I often run into resistance to this suggestion but it really is the BEST thing to do!

Jan 15, 2016 03:04 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Patricia Kennedy Or take it down prior to listing the home and replace it.    That way, there are no arguments.

Jan 16, 2016 09:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with prospective home buyers in the Richmond area.

Jan 15, 2016 04:46 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker

Thank you for taking the time to comment!

Jan 15, 2016 05:08 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Shannon...there is a lot of confusion on this topic. I'm like you...I put it in the contract. That way there's no confusion. I did a post on this same things many months ago. It's a great topic to bring up. 

Jan 15, 2016 07:14 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! Hope you have a great week!

Jan 17, 2016 10:00 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker Great points - it either needs to be in the listing and stated up front or taken down prior to showing the property.  

Jan 16, 2016 09:24 PM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker

Some argue with me about taking things down but it is just so much easier in the long run!

Jan 17, 2016 10:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Our state contracts are preprinted and have very detailed paragraphs about what is staying with the sale and to make an exception you have the clearly write it in. This is a very good explanation of your VA contracts.

Jan 17, 2016 10:32 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker

Our contract outlines things as well but I find it leaves some questions, it could stand to be tightened up!

Jan 17, 2016 10:01 PM