As a Home Seller - What do I have to leave and what can I take with me

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One can wonder why a sale falls through. When it comes to expired listings, I always wonder on on earth did that not sell. Put them both together and you have today's blog. A Home seller of a Manchester NH area home called. There listing has expired and they are frustrated with the selling process but have to sell. They were referred to me.  


I pulled up to to a beautiful home, great neighborhood and well desired area. The seller gave me a tour and I reviewed their old listing sheet as we walked through the home.


I asked the seller about some notes on the listing sheet. Not included was listed on many things such as kitchen appliances, ceiling fans, built in bar in family room, mirrors and on and on.


The sellers simple answer was the old agent said they could take or leave what ever they wanted. Come to fond out the pending sale they had, was killed when the seller started removing things before closing and the buyer said no.



It was time for some real life advice. First, anything that the seller wants to keep, should be removed and replaced before any buyer even sees the home.


Second a lesson on what a fixture is. A fixture, considered anything attached is written into nearly all contracts as staying. It is one thing to have a family heiloom they want to remove. But for the sake of taking the ceiling fans or taking the appliances to list on CL for some added money. What they can get for selling these things in a yard sale or online could be ten times or more than if they just left them in the home. 


The seller was puzzled. SO i did this. Make a list of what you ust take with you and why. As we walked through he really did not NEED anything except the wife's draperies. He killed his own sale and wasted 6 months by not having the proper instruction or guidance how to list and sell a home. 


The kitchen appliances will stay. Ceiling fans and light fixtures will stay. He will fix the bar he ripped apart in the basement family room. Mirrors will stay. Bathroom cabinets and pantry cabinets will stay.  The seller was in awe as such common sense was over looked by making a few extra dollars selling off the home in pieces online and at a yard sale. The home is worth far more sold in good working order than stripped to the sheet rock. 




THE BOTTOM LINE is that Home seller needs the hard facts. They need guidance and tips to assisting in selling the home. An agent needs to tell it like it is and be there through each step of the selling process for the best outcome.


There is a difference from agent to agent.  That a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.





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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 





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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Scott, the old agent needs a course in what to explain to sellers.  I had a deal one time that was like that and my buyers could not believe they swap out the appliances before closing.  

Oct 12, 2017 06:58 AM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

With a title like that, I am sure many folks will be clicking and commenting!

Oct 12, 2017 07:12 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Poor information provided by previous agent, that's for sure! He will see better results this time around!

Oct 12, 2017 07:18 AM #3
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

I'm shocked at how uncommon common sense has become.

Oct 12, 2017 07:28 AM #4
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Scott.... fortunately, these days the North Carolina contract is exceedingly specific as to what constitutes a fixture and that helps these kinds of issues.

Oct 12, 2017 09:56 AM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Will Hamm when any seller ever sayd they want to take it, i have them swap it before buyers see it. It has happen to me on the buyers end when a seller did it, and i look to prevent it with all of my listings

Oct 12, 2017 12:36 PM #6
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I sure hope so Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

Oct 12, 2017 12:37 PM #7
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

That i the plan Sharon Tara and they are already happy they are on the path to something positive

Oct 12, 2017 12:37 PM #8
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is more common not to have common sense Doug Rogers 

Oct 12, 2017 12:38 PM #9
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I am not sure if some people are reading contracts sadly Nina Hollander. But i do- love your contract 

Oct 12, 2017 12:38 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Good explanation of what a fixture is.  Separating a fixture from personal property is a question home sellers and buyers often have.

Oct 12, 2017 12:59 PM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It's all about setting expectations from the get go.  You can't decide you want to take things from a home after you have entered into a contract where some of it may be written in as a converyance.

Oct 12, 2017 01:29 PM #12
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Scott we're fortuante as that our contract spells out clearly what conveys with the home. And if there is anything sellers want - I have the same conversation with my clients as you do. If you want Grandma's crystal hanging light then take it down and replace it with an updated  look.

Oct 12, 2017 02:21 PM #13
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Scott - That seller was poorly served by bad advice, b ut he's in the right hands now. Good luck with the listing.

Oct 12, 2017 02:45 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott- it truly is a shame that your seller received such poor advice and wasted  6 months. Glad though that he is now in good hands.

Oct 12, 2017 06:40 PM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Scott.

As I was scrolling down to make a comment I saw Doug Rogers comment. Nothing much to add is there?

Oct 13, 2017 01:35 AM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I always tell the seller if they want to keep it, don't let the buyers see it. Replace it at the very beginning.

Oct 13, 2017 09:17 PM #17
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Such simple advice and so often the seller still messes it up any way - I had a client who did the same thing on a short sale - he was taking all the red velvet drapes from the man cave! Fortunately I was able to talk the buyer into letting it slide since they were getting such a good deal and "benefitting" from my client's misfortune! 

Nov 11, 2017 04:27 AM #18
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