This is NOT a Window Covering

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

My opinion.

Above. This is a cheap plastic blind.

Below. This is a window covering.

Back before I represented developers and builders I don't think anything caused more petty squabbles at closing then window treatments. On either side.

Even though our MLS offer to purchase clearly states that window coverings stay with the house yet the homeowner took said window coverings and left the example at the top of the page, a plastic blind.

An overly demanding Buyer who was promised window coverings thought that promise entitled them to purchase what ever at any expense.

A good agent, on either side, should be able to defuse this situation either by explaining the signed contract to their client or to the other agent involved.

I don't think I ever lost a deal over window coverings but it may have contributed to my hair loss (pulling it out).

 

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Comments (21)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is definitely important to make it clear about what is included. Many buyers have been disappointed by missing items.

May 14, 2022 04:21 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good moring Bob - I can certainly see that happening. And really, why does the seller want the old window covering.

May 14, 2022 04:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

If there is any confusion what is meant by "window covering," it needs to be cleared up before the contract is signed.

By the way, if I was a buyer, I'd want the top "covering" to stay but not the bottom one.

May 14, 2022 04:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Lighting fixtures, window coverings and affixed shelving all could be identified as potential deal killers. Or, simply stress identifiers! Enjoy your day.

May 14, 2022 05:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - diffusing all sorts of situations is just one of the chapters in the real estate handbook.  

May 14, 2022 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... our contract clearly states that window treatments that are "afixed" like blinds and curtain rods are a fixture and remain with the home unless otherwise stated in the listing. What hangs on curtain rods is not a fixture... so curtains don't stay unless written into the contract as personal property at no monetary value.

May 14, 2022 05:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, like Nina, our contract includes all window coverings and rods as well as curtains if installed.   

May 14, 2022 06:12 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Bob  and thanks for the great advice on this suggestion.  Make it a great day!

May 14, 2022 07:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you the good laugh Raymond E. Camp . I quickly visualized the many curtains I've seen covered with dust. Great advice.

May 14, 2022 09:10 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

There are times I think we make it abundantly clear Roy Kelley , even reading the contract word for word yet they remove them and even at times a ceiling fan.

May 14, 2022 09:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Who knows Grant Schneider but I've guessed that they purchased a new property with no financial cushion left and are pinching pennies.

May 14, 2022 09:16 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Kat Palmiotti you know how people are when you are reading contracts to them. The eyes gloss over for many and few think about it in depth.

May 14, 2022 09:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A lighting fixture DID cost me a sale once Wayne Martin . "That was my Great Grandmothers chandelier and it's not staying". It was never mentioned before the final walk through and it was the item that attracted my Buyers to the house. Furthermore the Sellers were only willing to give an allowance of about $100.00 to replace it. Lucky for the Buyers and I they had another house in mind and we immediately purchased it. Again, the Seller never mentioned to anyone, including their agent, that the fixture was going with them.

May 14, 2022 10:26 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Amen Michael Jacobs . I one is not good at the art of negotiation one should NOT be in the Real Estate business.

May 14, 2022 10:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nina Hollander, Broker it sounds like your contract is better written than the one I used and I'd bet it is because they had faced squabbles like this in the past.

May 14, 2022 10:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Bob "RealMan" Timm Exactly! 

May 14, 2022 11:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

As it should be Joan Cox . There should be a Real Estate clearing house of contracts so all MLS's can swap ideas with each other on matters like this.

May 14, 2022 10:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I am working it (having a good day) Will Hamm . I am still working with a chronic pain issue that makes it difficult but as I see it I really don't have any alternative.

May 14, 2022 10:34 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Several years ago we had a million dollar deal and our buyer expected the silk curtains to be left as nothing was listed otherwise on the MLS.  During our walk-thru of course she noticed they were missing and we had our atty get a credit for it!

May 14, 2022 02:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I assume the Seller also had to pay the attorney's fees Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 . I am curious as to how the OTP came into play being many of the comments above seem to be divided as to what happens to window treatments?

May 14, 2022 02:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Our contract is more specific. There is a place  in our listing contract and in the contract of sale, to check for each of the following:

-Draperies/Curtains

-Drapery/curtain rods

-Shades/blinds

 

May 14, 2022 04:27 PM