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Finishes and fixtures are some of the items you are most likely to swap out in a real estate purchase, and there is some misunderstanding abou what needs to stay with the property and what's going with the seller. Here are some tips on thinking effectively about fixtures and finishes as you look at a home.
A General Rule of Thumb
In general, any item that's fixed to the floor, wall, cabinet, or ceiling of the property should stay with the property. Sinks and ranges that are built into the countertop should stay, while a refrigerator may be leaving (or up for negotiation). Lighting fixtures should be considered part of the property. Furniture generally tends to leave.
Speak with the Seller Directly
That being said, be sure that you speak with the seller and clear up the status of any finishes or fixtures that you're particularly interested in. Each seller may have their own expectations. And certain things, like additional paint supplies or tiles to match the property, are in a grey area that's best to discuss when making an offer.
If You Want a Fixture They Aren't Offering
You can sometimes get a piece of furniture to stay with the property by including it as a condition of your offer. But on the flip side, make sure a seller removes any unwanted furniture or fixtures before you move in.
The Value of Rethinking Fixtures and Finishes
Just because a seller is planning to leave a fixture or finish as is, that doesn't mean that you're best off keeping it. You can really personalize a home by choosing some of your own finishes to help provide a departure from the old owner and create your own home.
Flooring is often a good place to start, because it's so personal. Just because one person prefers the softness of carpet, that doesn't mean that the next owner can't strip away carpet and finish a hardwood floor. Or vice versa; radiant floor heating could be a great touch for a new homeowner who wants to warm up cold finishes.
Cabinetry, countertops, and paint finishes are things that your seller may have already addressed, but if not, they are another great area to target. If you would need to redo the paint with a fresh coat anyway, why not consider changing the color? You can sometimes get the price lowered on the property if a finish is really appalling or in bad shape. In the end, it comes to negotiation and creativity to reinvent the house into a space just for you. Contact a company like Action Plumbing & Heating to learn more.