Frequently Asked Questions - Sellers
Can I exclude items from the home sale?
Buyers expect that what they see is what they get. If you have specific items or family heirlooms important to you, exclude them in the listing agreement.
The best method is to just remove them prior to any showings if possible so there is no confusion. You would have to move them anyway!
Don’t go crazy excluding things. Buyers may get the impression that dealing with you will be difficult and move on. Human nature is to want what you can’t have. You may be distracted fighting over the excluded workbench and not notice some other issue in the contract.
When selling a home what do I need to disclose?
Anything that you know of that could be considered a material defect and environmental issues like prior flooding, lead paint, termites, unpermitted additions or other problems should be disclosed.
You can be sure your neighbors will tell the new buyer about that roof patch you did, kitchen flood from poor plumbing or the hidden fuel tank in the back yard.
What is included in the home sale?
This is one of the biggest items of dispute. If you have any concerns about a particular item, specify it it is included or excluded in the contract. A common dispute is over window treatments. A more recent concern is WiFi enabled doorbells, thermostats and lighting. Unless specifically excluded, those home made drapes that match your couch go with the sale.
Refrigerators commonly are included in other states but not in Texas. Washers and dryers are not included. Only permanently attached items are included. Some items like propane tanks and solar panels may be leased and will not be included.
If you are a seller, you can specify items to be excluded from the sale. Your buyer may love the concrete dog statue so be sure you exclude it if it means something to you.
Do I need a home inspection?
Absolutely! You are spending thousands of dollars. Trying to save a few hundred by not having a home inspection just doesn’t make sense. From structural to safety items, you need to know it is right and there are no home inspection surprises.
Many people think when buying a newly built home they have a builders warranty so don’t need an inspection. That is not the case! Remember, that your builder is only as good as his sub-contractors and they can take shortcuts.