Here’s What Must Stay and What Must Go When Selling Your Home

Moving day is near, so you have boxes, tape and a truck. Before you start packing your home, you can learn which items should stay at the house and what items you should bring with you. This list will help you make your move more manageable and to avoid any potential conflicts with the buyer’s agent and homebuyer.

Items that stay

It is important to realize that items both inside and outside your home are part of the sale. These items can be considered fixtures. They are physically and permanently attached your property or home. You can decide to not include these items in your home’s sale. This situation will require you to negotiate with the buyer and include the exclusion in the sale agreement. A real estate agent can help with this.

In-ground items

Any outdoor features that are secured to the ground such as firepits and mailboxes, or basketball hoops, are included in the home sale. This applies to all landscaping elements such as trees, plants or shrubs.

Light fixtures

Even if you are the one who installed the expensive chandelier in your dining room, you must not list it as an exception in the sale agreement. You should inform the buyer about any changes to a light fixture. You must notify the buyer if you wish to replace a fixture before selling your home.


This decision is made on a case-by-case basis. You can take a mirror that hangs on a wall, like a painting, with you. If the mirror is attached to the wall like a painting, you can take it with you.

Window treatments, cabinet hardware, and doorknobs

You will need to remove curtain rods and curtain holdbacks from your home. You can still remove drapes and curtains.

All hardware must remain in place on cabinets and doorknobs. You must agree with the buyer to replace any feature that you have installed if you are unable to part with it. These items can be changed before you list the house.

Smoke detectors

You must leave behind both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors when you sell your house.


If you have any extra wallpaper or paint that you’ve used in your home, it might be a good idea to give it to the new owners.

Items which go

There may be items in your home which are not included in the sale. Depending on your particular situation, exceptions may apply.


Most appliances such as washers and dryers are not part of your home’s sale. This can change from one sale to another, so it’s not uncommon for appliances to be transferred to new owners. This information should be included in any sales contract if you don’t intend to include appliances in your home’s sale.

Built in appliances like microwaves and ovens are fixtures and therefore are included in the sale. You should also make sure you leave all manuals and warranty information if you are removing appliances.

Hot tubs and above-ground pools

A standalone hot tub or above ground pool is not a part of a home for sale. These items can be difficult to move and might still be worth your consideration.


All your outdoor and indoor furniture will be transported with you when you move. Anything built-in such as tables, shelves, and benches will have to be left.

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