Deciding what should be left behind when you sell your home

When you are selling your home, it can be confusing when you decide what you should include in the sale.

Some people take everything with them, even going as far as removing light bulbs, although most would agree that this is a step too far. In addition to deciding what to leave behind, you may also want to know what will be left in the home which you are moving into.

According to the Head of Estate Agency, Su Snaith, the decision of what you have to leave behind is contentious, as there are no laws governing this. However, Snaith adds that taking a common sense approach is the favoured option, to avoid conflict when moving home.

Creating an inventory of what you wish to leave behind and include in the sale of the house is the simplest way to avoid any disagreements. The general assumption if there’s no inventory in place, is that fittings will be removed unless stated otherwise, but fixtures will be left behind. It may also be advisable to remain on friendly terms with the seller, so that you have more chance of items being left in the house.

Consider carefully which items you intend to take with you when you leave the property, especially if you may not actually need the item in the new property. Moving house can be a stressful process, which can be made a little easier with the help of a CeMAP qualified mortgage adviser.



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