How to build an inventory of fixtures and fittings

Putting into writing everything that’s included with the sale of your house, right down to light fittings and radiators, will help your sale go through more smoothly. Here’s why…

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When you’re packing up to leave for your new home, you might wonder where you stand on those nice door handles you installed, or the new toilet seat you fitted. 

Given that you’ve sold your home ‘as seen’, are you okay to take them with you?

It’s often arguments about seemingly trivial items that can trigger significant strife and cause disruption and delay.

Should it stay or should it go?

To avoid any conflict with the buyer and to keep things running smoothly, it’s a good idea to create an inventory of what’s included with the property as part of the contract.

As the seller , it’s up to you to instruct your estate agent so they can clearly state what will be included as part of the sale price.

If there are certain things you just can’t part with, think about whether or not they’ll suit your new place, whether they’re the right size or fit, and how much it will cost to take them with you, both in terms of transportation costs and whether this will affect the sale price of your property.

Love at first sight

 It could be that the buyer has actually fallen in love with your door handles and asks for them to be included in the sale, and in this case it’ll be up to you to decide whether or not to agree. But it could affect price negotiations.

The value of fittings and fixtures can add up to a lot of money, so the buyer might quite rightly be put off if you take everything with you, and could even end up disputing the sale price.

It’s a good idea to create an inventory of what’s included with the property as part of the contract

In the worst-case scenario they could take legal action if there isn’t a clear-cut inventory in place.  That’s why it’s important to get it all in writing.

To help you get started, here’s a list of typical fixtures and fittings you might want to include or exclude from your own inventory.

Fixtures

-Light fittings

-Central-heating boilers and radiators

-Built-in wardrobes/cupboards

-Bathroom suites (sinks/baths/toilets)

-Plugs

-Kitchen units

-Outhouses or bungalows/annexes

Fittings

-Carpets

-Blinds and curtain rails

-TV aerials and satellite dishes

-Garden sheds

Some definitions of ‘fittings’ extends to free standing items, such as furniture and kitchen white goods, such as washing machine, fridge, freezer and over.

For many of us, these are clearly possessions we’d want to take with us – which is why an inventory of what’s included in the sale is so important, just so everyone knows what’s involved.

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