What is the difference between Fixtures and Personal Property? That is a question I get asked a lot during a listing presentation or by a buyer when they want to make an offer. A fixture is generally considered something that is permanently attached to the home. There are items that some people consider a fixture that is not and somethings that are fixtures that sellers sometimes want to take with them. My recommendation to the seller who wants to take a special plant, mirror or light fixture with them, remove it before you put the house on the market and replace it with a like item. For some strange reason when you dictate that an item is not included in the sale of a home, it makes a buyer want it.
What is the difference between Fixtures and Personal Property? Below are some examples of fixtures:
Light fixtures, heating and cooling units, garage door openers (and the remotes), built-in shelving units, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, garbage disposals, attached flooring, wall to wall carpet, ceiling fans, shutters, awnings, bathroom mirrors, shower heads, switch plates, door nobs, pulls, fireplace screens, gas logs, mantles, detached storage buildings, invisible fencing (the collars that go with them), landscaping, swimming pools (above and below ground), fences.
What is the difference between Fixtures and Personal Property? Below are some examples of personal property:
Furniture, area rugs, refrigerators, washer and dryers, window treatments that are not permanently attached (the rod pocket may be considered a fixture, the fabric is not), Flat screen TVs (again the bracket that mounts it to the wall a fixture, the TV is not), potted plants, BBQ grills (unless they are built in).
As technology changes and new products come out it seems we are constantly challenged by new items and trying to determine if they are Fixtures or Personal Property. My motto is when it doubt, write it out (on the contract that is) that way there is no misunderstanding on What is the difference between Fixtures and Personal Property?
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