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What to Leave Behind - Home Sellers - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

You spend years making your house a home. As you settle in and the seasons change year after year, you add appliances, landscaping, fixtures, and other features that personalize the home and enhance your comfort. Our real estate agents know how you feel, and we understand that it's natural to want to take some of your old home with you when you go. However, it's important to remember that you can't take everything, and in fact, if you do, you could be creating problems that could land you in hot water. The following are six simple rules you should know when it comes to understanding what you can take and what you should leave behind.

  • Rule #1 - If it's nailed down, it sticks around
    Light fixtures, faucets, security systems, bric-a-brac, and anything that is either nailed, screwed, glued, or cemented to the property should stay behind. Not only can you damage it when you remove it, but most buyers assume that if it's attached, it's part of the deal.

  • Rule #2 - If it's planted in the ground, it stays in the ground
    The tree you planted with your kids in the backyard or the roses your grandmother gave you from her garden have put down roots, and they are happy and thriving where they are. You may damage or kill plants, shrubbery, and trees if you try to transplant them. And, like fixtures, most buyers assume these features that attracted them to the home are staying. So instead, take seeds or cuttings and plant these when you arrive at your new home.

  • Rule #3 - Manuals and warranties stay with the home
    This one is usually just an "Oops, we packed it up." It's important to leave all appliance manuals (furnace, water heater, oven, lights, etc.) behind. As you pack up to move out, it's a good idea to set these aside in a dedicated and clearly marked drawer for the new buyer to sort through when they move in.

  • Rule #4 - You don't need paints, filters, light bulbs, shingles, hardware, etc.
    Dedicate a space in your garage where you can put together all the maintenance supplies for the home. This will make it easier for the new owner to find what they need to take care of the home when they settle in. While not required, it's a nice gesture to include a drywall repair kit and some freshly stirred paint in case the new owners bump any walls when they move in.

  • Rule #5 - Dust bunnies and debris
    Don't leave any Wichita homes for sale filled with trash or debris. If you've followed standard moving advice, your cleaning supplies are the last thing you've put in your moving van. It's a nice gesture to give the house a thorough cleaning before you leave. Not only does this make the new owner feel more welcome, it's a fabulous way to make sure you don't leave anything behind.

  • Rule #6 - Nothing is set in stone, and there's always room to negotiate
    Buyers understand there are things you may want to take with you. This includes everything from appliances to landscaping. Before you close the deal, spell out in the contract what's staying and what's leaving. This will clarify any confusion and ensure both parties walk away from closing satisfied with the deal. 

Are you ready to make your move? Contact us to speak with our agents about listing your home and the properties we have available right now. 

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