Our first topic is one that comes up frequently with both buyers and sellers:

What determines what stays and what goes when buying or selling a home?

This one can get a little tricky. If you read nothing else, at least take away that being as clear as possible with your agent, upfront, is always the best route to take. 

For those of you who want more structure than that, below are the guidelines we stand behind.

Contractually, any permanently affixed items to either the home or yard are what stay with the sale of the house. 

This includes items like mirrors, light fixtures and fans. A new, sometimes surprising item now are televisions that are mounted to walls and the mounts that go with them.

When selling a home, sit down and make a list of the items that you plan on taking with you so that your listing agent can make that clear in the contract. Also, removing these items before any buyers come in to see the property is highly recommended. 

If a buyer is interested in any non affixed items (such as a couch) these can be negotiated and written into the contract. The seller then can make the decision of whether or not they want to agree or not. 

An item that comes up frequently are curtains and curtain rods. Legally, curtains rods stay since they are affixed to the wall. With curtains however, sellers have the option to take those with them.

Those are the basic guidelines for prepping your home for sale. What it comes down to is being upfront with your realtor and sitting down to make a list. That way there are no misunderstandings down the road. And for buyers, these are great guidelines to go by when falling in love with a new home.