When you buy a house in Charlotte or any of the surrounding communities, you need to know which parts of the house are considered fixtures—and which parts the seller will be taking when they move.
But what is a “fixture” in real estate, and how can you tell?
What is a Fixture in Real Estate?
A fixture is a piece of physical property that’s permanently attached to the home or land. If it’s not attached, it’s legally considered chattel property. Landscaping typically counts as a fixture because in real estate, fixtures don’t actually have to be in the house. Things like lighting, some appliances, and a handful of things that weren’t part of the home when it was built can also be fixtures.
Your Realtor® will help you figure out if something’s a fixture in a home; just ask.
What to Do if You Want to Ensure Fixtures Stay With the House When You Buy
Most seller’s agents will tell their clients to remove the fixtures they want to take before they open the home for buyers. In many cases, there’s a little confusion about fixtures—does the fridge stay? Will the bookshelf remain for the buyer? What about the bird bath in the backyard?
Your buyer’s agent can get you answers, and regardless of what the answers are, the things that are supposed to stay behind for you when the seller leaves need to be noted in your purchase contract to avoid misunderstandings on (or after) closing day.
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