Do you get the appliances with the house?
02/09/2016 | Author: Legal Staff
If we make an offer on a house, what comes with it? Do we get the washer, dryer, and refrigerator?
The Texas Real Estate Commission contracts say that an item that is “permanently installed and built-in” is part of the property—this means it will stay with the house when it sells. Whether that applies to the washer, dryer, or refrigerator depends on three factors:
- How is the item attached? Will the property be damaged by its removal?
- Is the item customized or standard for the property?
- Was the installation intended to be permanent or temporary?
For example, a standard refrigerator in the kitchen is unlikely to be considered permanent, while a counter-depth, built-in model may convey. Even if an item is not considered built-in, you can still ask the seller to include it with the sale. If the seller agrees with your request, you can use the Non-Realty Items Addendum, which is Texas Real Estate Commission form. A REALTOR® can help you properly document this request.
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