You Want To Keep It? Hide It!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

When you're selling your home in Ohio you have the option of excluding certain items from being sold with the home, things a buyer would NORMALLY expect to convey.

Light fixtures, flowers and trees, bathroom mirrors and much more.  Those items are spelled out in Cincinnati Board of Realtors standard purchase contract.

Now you can state on the listing agreement with your agent that you don't want (fill in the blank) to be sold with the home.

It might be because the item is really valuable.  (that chef quality stove is NOT a standard sale item and you want to keep it for your next home)

It might be because there's a sentimental attachment to an item (your grandfather handcrafted it, it was a gift upon the birth of your first child, it's the door frame that has 10 years of kids' growth marks ticked off).

Whatever the reason, you can stipulate you're keeping it and replacing it with something of equivalent style and function.

And from there your agent will make a note in MLS for other agents to read that items X & Y are NOT included with the sale.

Seems simple enough, right?

But it can get squirrelly because once a buyer sees item X, there's nothing that keeps them from WANTING item X, EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW IT'S NOT PART OF THE SALE.

I have a friend that lost a sale over deck furniture, and item that would NORMALLY not transfer with the sale.  It's not a deal I was directly involved in, but it was obvious there became an ego contest between buyer and seller and who was going to "win".

So the safest bet?  Remove and replace anything you value BEFORE the home is even shown to buyers.  Remove the light fixture and install another.  Take down the door jamb, replace it and paint it.

It's the absolute safest path to making sure what you value doesn't become a deal breaker later. A buyer can't want what they never saw.

Want to discuss further?  Just call us at 513-520-5305 or email

Serving Greater Cincinnati home buyers and sellers,

Bill & Liz aka BLiz



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Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Good points as usual Liz and Bill Spear. What if you don't want it and can't hide it? Example a few extra pounds around the stomach area...oh well, life goes on...Jeff 

Aug 08, 2019 11:15 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Liz and Bill - once a buyer "sees" it, it's difficult to replace that image. All sorts of trouble can ensue as you mentioned. Make those modifications prior to showing your home for sale. And please read your purchase agreement to make sure you really understand what is being sold/conveyed. 

Aug 09, 2019 04:35 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Sage advice. People won't want something they never see. Want to keep it, remove it! Enjoy your day!

Aug 09, 2019 05:39 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill. This is so true and very very important. I agree with your thinking.

Aug 09, 2019 06:30 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- oh so true. We had a friend who many years ago almost lost the sale of their home because of their countertop microwave!  Another friend had issues when their buyer wanted the chandelier that had once hung in the old Rice Hotel here. 

Aug 09, 2019 10:04 AM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Had a furious buyer post-settlement about a piece of hanging art. Got an attorney involved demanding the stained glass on a hook be returned. of course, it didn't happen.

If you want something to stay write it in!  

Aug 09, 2019 08:47 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hiding in plain sight can actually work really well in that exact sense. Interesting post for sure.

Aug 10, 2019 08:27 PM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Sometimes they just get that upset that you feel like you’re out of this situation just watching it from outside of your body.

Aug 10, 2019 08:28 PM #8
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