Today I’m answering the question “What appliances are included when you buy a home?” This is an important question for two reasons. First, the appliances can make or break a home for some buyers. A home with new appliances, maybe stainless steel, gas appliances, can really stand out to buyers. A home with old, outdated appliances can turn some buyers off. The second reason this question is important is because appliances are expensive! Furnishing a home with appliances could cost you thousands of dollars if you don’t know how to plan for this.
The simple answer to this question – “What appliances come with the home” – is only the stove and dishwasher, if your new home has those. In Texas, only appliances that are considered “attached” – that is, they are screwed in, bolted in or built in – legally come with the house. That usually includes the stove, dishwasher and water softener, if your home has one. This does not include a refrigerator, washing machine or dryer, which you simply plug in to the wall. If a microwave is built into the kitchen, it stays; if its just sitting on the counter, the seller is usually taking it.
Some homes for sale are listed with “all appliances included.” This means that the sellers are offering them for sale with the property and are not planning on taking the appliances with them. Here is something to watch out for – even if the notes or advertisement for a home for sale says the appliances are included, make sure that when you submit an offer, you have your agent specifically write that in to the contract. If it’s not in writing, if the contract does not include the language for those extra appliances that are not considered “attached”, technically you could end up with out the appliances you are expecting in your new home.
If you want to buy a home but the listing for the home does not include the extra appliances, you can still request them as part of your offer. Basically everything in a home is negotiable if you pay the right price.
If you are thinking of selling your home, you can make your home stand out to buyers if you offer to include the appliances with the sale of your home. This is especially appealing to first time home buyers who don’t have appliances to bring from another home, are already getting overwhelmed with all the “extra” costs of buying a home and could really use the savings. For other buyers, moving in to a home with the appliances included means they can avoid the hassle of moving their appliances upstairs, downstairs or in and out of trailers and they already have appliances they know FIT in the space that you have. Appliances can be a great negotiating tool for sellers and provide some extra leverage.
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