Moving On: What Can You Take with You When Selling Your Home

Moving On: What Can You Take with You When Selling Your Home

You’ve made the decision to sell your home, embarking on a journey toward new horizons and fresh beginnings. But as you pack up your belongings, there’s a crucial question: What can you take with you, and what do you need to leave behind?

In the world of home sales, the distinction between chattels and fixtures plays a pivotal role. Chattels refers to items that can be easily removed from the property, like fridges, furniture, rugs and pot plants.

On the other hand, fixtures are those integral to the property, such as built-in storage, lighting, ovens, and permanent landscaping.

So, how do you navigate between the two? The rule of thumb is simple: If it can be picked up or unplugged without causing damage, it’s likely a chattel. Anything wired or affixed to the building falls under fixtures and remains in place.

Sentimental Treasures:

But what about those cherished fixtures with sentimental value? Well, by adding clauses to the sales contract, you can exclude these fixtures from the sale and take them with you. Before your home hits the market, it’s a good idea to take note of these treasures—whether it’s an heirloom chandelier or a beloved plant you would like to dig up. 

By safeguarding these items within the contract, you can sidestep potential disputes during the settlement process. In cases where fixtures are mistakenly taken, sellers may find themselves responsible for returning the goods and covering reinstallation costs.

Moving Forward:

Selling your home isn’t just about letting go; it’s about taking a few of those treasured items with you. So, as you prepare to bid farewell to one chapter and welcome the next, remember that the memories and treasures you hold dear can accompany you on your new adventure.

If you need any assistance sorting out your chattels from your fixtures or with anything property related, we're only a phone call away. 

*As always, we recommend seeking professional advice from your legal representative.