Raining Cats And Blogs: Buyer wrote, “Items excluded – Chandelier” Then the seller took it down and left wires sticking out?

Buyer wrote, “Items excluded – Chandelier” Then the seller took it down and left wires sticking out?

Be careful what you ask for... You just may get it exactly!!... We all need to read and write contracts better. Remember, these are legal and binding words and you should make sure you are saying what you mean to be saying... I'm just sayin.. :)

LightOn one hand, this is a rather funny thing to have happen...  But then again on the other hand it can lead to an argument with you and your buyer.  The buyer wants a light up there, but the contract didn't even talk about it, at all...

In the purchase contract most of them require you to state what is staying with the house and what is the seller's property to being taken by them when they move...

So if you state that the chandelier is "excluded", then the seller did what the contract told them to do.  The seller took down the light fixture and satisfied their end of the bargain.  They have put up a light that has a bulb and a long chain to start it up.

So what can you do?

One option is to write this in the comments or additional terms section.

Chandelier to be removed by licensed contractor after contingencies have been removed by buyer and replaced with a light fixture of buyer's choice, purchase buy buyer and delivered to seller upon removal of contingencies.

Kind of a long sentence, but you (and the seller) will know exactly what to do, and there will be no hurt feelings after.

Have you ever tried this?


Chris Alston

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Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino

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You are right on. The escrow can only enforce what is written in the contract.  Needs to be very very clear.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Sheila, better to be long winded and explain then let the selling agent guess and do it wrong.  Have a Happy Easter!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 7 years ago

Sheila, the devil is in the details, and taking care of the details is often what seperates a sharp agent from a mediocre one. Thanks for reblogging this. It's a great reminder for us to read carefully so our clients can count on us to do a proper job.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 7 years ago

Edward & Celia - sometime, we may think we write something clearly, but after re-reading it, we may need to re-write it!!

Will - for sure.. Happy Easter to you as well

Malcolm - YW.. this was a great one to reblog.. and bookmark as well..


Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

Good reblog.  Definitely not something you want to get into at the walk through before closing. 

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 7 years ago