helping you through the house-selling process

Selling real estate can be just as much work as buying. There are so many things to worry about as you prepare your home to list on the market. Then you have to worry about the real estate agent you will hire to help you get the house sold. After that, you have to worry about who will be coming in to tour your home throughout the week. Will you hold an open house? Do you take the first reasonable offer you are presented with? Our blog was designed to assist you through the selling process a little bit easier.

Decide How to Proceed with Your Chattels Before You List Your Home for Sale


Upon hiring a real-estate agent to help you put your house on the market, you'll become acquainted with the term "chattels." If this isn't a word that you've previously had in your vocabulary, you should know that in real-estate terminology it essentially refers to the items that could be included in the sale of your home or excluded. In other words, chattels are things that you're okay with leaving behind or things that you want to take with you when you sell. Your agent will go over the list of chattels that you'll need to think about, so it's a good idea to consider some common chattels in advance and decide how you wish to proceed with them.


Some people include their appliances when they sell while other sellers specify that the appliances aren't included in the sale price. There are advantages to both approaches, and you'll need to decide what works for you. If the appliances are new, you might feel compelled to take them to your next home. Conversely, new appliances can be desirable to a prospective buyer, so you might wish to include them in your listing price. There's no right answer here—you need to decide what works for you best and listen to your real-estate agent's advice on the topic.

Backyard Elements

There are a number of backyard chattels to consider too. If you have a hot tub, children's play structure, or garden shed, you'll need to decide whether these elements will remain behind once you sell your home. Such elements, given their size, can often be a challenge to move. You need to decide whether moving these items will be worthwhile. For example, you might need to rent a flatbed truck to move your garden shed. If the shed is in good condition and might be appealing to prospective buyers, leaving the shed behind may make more sense.

Interior Lights

It's possible to spend a significant amount of money replacing all of the interior lights in your home. For example, instead of a simple dome light in your entry hall, you may opt for an elaborate chandelier. If you've invested a lot in specific lighting solutions, you might wish to specify that these lights won't be included in the sale of your home. In this scenario, you won't simply unwire the lights before you leave; it's proper to install a basic light after you remove your preferred light.

Talk to an agent at a company such as RE/MAX EXECUTIVES PLUS for more advice.


1 December 2016