What conveys when buying a house? Do you even know what a conveyance is?
A conveyance is something that comes with the house. For a visual description of a conveyance item lets say you flip a house upside down. Anything that remains attached to the walls or ceiling conveys. Anything that would fall, would be personal property and would go with the seller. But things can get a little blurred sometimes. Conveyance items could be light fixtures, kitchen faucets, nest thermostats, decorative bathroom mirrors, and sometimes even furniture. It’s important to communicate with your agent if you see something in a house that you love. The best way to avoid disappointment at the walkthrough is by setting expectations from the beginning. If a light fixture or a sliding barn door is what wows you about a house, please make sure to tell your agent. The last thing you want is to go into your walkthrough expecting to see a light fixture you love only to realize the seller replaced it with a brass one from 1995.
If you’re a seller and your dining room light fixture was a wedding gift your intention may be to take it with you. But you need to speak up as well. In most instances it is always better to take down the light fixture before showings start. The reason for this is because buyers expect the house to convey to them at settlement the same way it looked when they wrote the contract or had the home inspection. Trust me, these things can be huge sticking points!
My favorite settlement attorney always says “the devil is in the details”. If you aren’t specific and your agent doesn’t write something into the contract, you will lose. Realtors aren’t mind readers, although we do try to observe our clients during showings and see what they gravitate towards. If I notice that you really like something I will try to ask if you expect it to stay with the house. But the onus is really on you to make your expectations known.
When house hunting, ask your agent what conveys when buying a house.