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Just because it is there, does not mean it stays

One of the biggest issues I usually have is missing items that should have stayed....or that people think should stay.

When we write a contract, I make a very detailed list of what is expected to be left behind.

Many clients think I am crazy but sometimes we miss something and then they realize why I make such a list.

Yes, some stuff is automatic...But for me, I write it out anyways...no questions about it that way


I have seen places stripped of all planted flowers

Comment balloon 11 commentsWilliam Feela • December 05 2015 08:32PM


Planted flowers gone? I have not seen that. I have seen listings that say certain plants will go, but never just have them show up missing.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Good approach Bill, I have seen some things go missing that I thought should have stayed too.


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

No William you have an excellent point.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Hi William.  Very smart.  If it is not in writing then it doesn't stay.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

Hi William.  Smart move.  Though, in my last personal sale, the buyers didn't want to keep my Mother in Law.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

Fortunately, in NC the contract really spells out what stays or doesn't stay and so do our listing agreements if things that are considered fixtures in NC contracts don't remain. The number of issues I see due to this is negligible these days.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 4 years ago

I have seen people take shrubs and mail boxes...I am very clear in offers and in listing instructions for the seller

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 4 years ago

Good morning William. I have seen this to and you are smart to include these things in the contract.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

I include most anything and everything on the sales contract.  I always ask the buyer if there is anything there that they definitely want removed too.  

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC (R Gilliam Real Estate LLC) over 4 years ago

I have seen sellers remove plants , however they are tagged or excluded in the conveyance addendum.

Posted by Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership” (Mackintosh REALTORS) over 4 years ago

I had the same clients who dug the plants out and more. But we ask them to fill up ADM for excluded items as early as possible to disclosure and not to have any issues with buyers. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago