Fred Griffin: Fixtures and Furnishings - I bought them so I am taking them!!! So There.

Fixtures and Furnishings - I bought them so I am taking them!!! So There.


Have you ever had a Seller that took the Chandelier, Window Treatments, or Appliances after the house was Under Contract?  How about 2 days Before Closing, when the Seller comes in and takes away Fixtures?  Or even digs up Bushes and Trees?

 AR Blogger Valerie Zinger


     Valerie Zinger posted an excellent Blog on this Topic.

  Be sure to read the Comments for some incredible "war stories" and examples of Sellers who took things away before Closing.














You have decided to sell your house and look around at all the things that you bought for the house.   You may want to strip out anything from your house that is not nailed down.  


You would be surprised how many Sellers think this is okay.  Even the screens for the windows are taken, light bulbs in sockets, switch plates and the list goes on and on.  Every real estate agent can tell you horror stories of homes that have been denuded either before or after a sale.  Before means the price will drop and after means the Buyer may sue.   


If you are asking premium price, Buyers will know it.  Getting your price while keeping all of the appliances, light fixtures, drapes, tracks and garden shed is not normally a successful strategy. 


Make your sale by leaving things - On The House.


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Valerie Zinger 

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Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.


Comment balloon 7 commentsFred Griffin • September 13 2011 11:28PM


I try very hard to educate the seller on what stays and what can go! 

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) about 6 years ago

Yes, Fred.  I have had it happen.  I had a seller who took the shed that he said was staying and that I had pictures of in the MLS.  Guess who paid for a replacement shed?

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 6 years ago

Liz, education is a wonderful thing.   If I may suggest, "Refresher Courses" after the house goes under Contract should be given  :)


Suzanne, that was mighty nice of you to buy a New Shed  ;)

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Fred Luckily I haven't had that situation happen to me yet. And I pray it stays that way too. I have heard a couple of bad ones.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results. (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 6 years ago
Fred. Thank you so much for re-blogging my post. You are right about thre being some real war stories in the comments!
Posted by Valerie Zinger, Home Organizer (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada) about 6 years ago

I have never had it happen.  Definitely a reason for a walk though on the way to the closing!

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 6 years ago

Lanre, keep your eyes open!  The Seller that you least expect to do this, will be the one that decides to liberate something from the house the day before Closing.


Valerie, thanks for allowing the Re-Blog.  It is a great Topic.


Gary, ditto on that "Final Final Walk-Through" right before the Closing.


Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 6 years ago