One item that we see buyers and sellers squabble over is window treatments.
Buyers expect the window treatments to be in the house after they close and get very upset when they aren’t. Sellers are trying to save some money and take the window treatments to their new home. Yikes!
Who is right?
In the Prairieville / Baton Rouge area, the purchase agreement states “all window coverings, blinds and associated hardware” will remain. This is pretty clear language. Maybe we have agents that aren’t reviewing the purchase agreement clearly with the seller. With the age of digital signatures, I think that some of the reviews get lost, and some agents are leaving it up to their clients to read the offer in its entirety.
But they match my comforter!
Some sellers will take the window treatments because they match
bedding or they were specially made. This action is acceptable as long as all parties are notified. There is language in the Prairieville / Baton Rouge area listing agreements that say “window treatments, including draperies, rods, and blinds” will remain. If you are a seller, tell your agent during the listing appointment that you want to reserve these items. Better yet, take them down or replace them with something you will leave so that the buyer never falls in love with them.
Review your offer
Buyers and Sellers both need to review their offers very carefully. Make sure the other party isn’t asking for something to remain that you wanted to reserve or vice versa. A few extra minutes of review and understanding can save so much heartache on what should be a super happy day.
If you are looking for an agent that will take the time to make sure you understand your real estate contract, contact us to set up an interview. Our goal is to make your buying/selling experience stress-free, and our clients always come first.