Clay R. Seay (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage)

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Clay..The refrigerator is not included in the contract unless there is a Non-realty addendum attached with it listed as conveying. I'm seeing more sellers willing to leave the refrigerator and washer and dryer as they don't want to move them. Most homes  when built did not come with a refrigerator , washer or dryer so they are considered personal property.

May 31, 2022 07:05 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Up here, if you think about turning the house upside down and shaking it, only what remains inside is included unless specifically written in.  We have a section for Chattels Included and Fixtures Excluded

Jun 01, 2022 02:47 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Clay.  I hope some Texans will show up to answer your question.

    As you know, not in Florida... but if the Buyer wants it, or if there is any uncertainty, write it into the Offer under "Personal Property Included".

May 31, 2022 07:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Clay, Dorie Dillard Austin TX answer is correct. There is one caveat. If the refrigerator is a subzero or built in it stays. Otherwise it is personal property and does not convey unless there is a Non-Realty Addendum with specifics for cost or zero dollars agreed upon and signed by both parties. 

Jun 01, 2022 04:59 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

In California, if the refrigerator is built-it, it stays. If the refrigerator is free-standing, it can be simply unplugged and wheeled away. The buyer should include the refrigerator (and other pertinent appliances) in the proper paragraph in the purchase contract.

May 31, 2022 07:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

We have an inclusion checklist, in Maryland, to check what remains, including the refrigerator (with or without an icemaker).

I hope your 'friend' gets the correct answer.

May 31, 2022 07:25 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

In NY's Capital Region, a refrigerator is typically included in contracts for resales but not new construction.  

Jun 01, 2022 04:36 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

The refrigerator is never included, nor the washer and dryer as they are considered personal property like furniture. That said, sellers can choose to leave them and often do.

May 31, 2022 08:00 PM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Normally NO, Clay R. Seay . But I had issues in the luxury market while the frig looked built-in and assumed it was convey with the house. LOL - Never assume. When in doubt always inquire! 

Jun 01, 2022 06:56 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Anything that someone didn't want for whatever reason is usually offered and what value it remains is subjective to the parties. 

Jun 01, 2022 05:58 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is not included unless it is included in your purchase contract or an addendum and signed by all. 

Jun 01, 2022 05:53 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Clay, I'd be curious to know which states do include it. Here in NC it is not included. I recall the seller left it when my son purchased a home in TX.

Jun 01, 2022 05:42 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

In Arizona, no it is not, it is written into the contract or it's not going to convey.

Jun 01, 2022 04:32 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Always important to list the appliances that are included.

Jun 01, 2022 04:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Texas Realtor supreme, Dorie Dillard Austin TX to the rescue! 

Jun 01, 2022 04:26 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

A refrigerator must be asked for in our REPC. Otherwise it remains, Clay.

Jun 01, 2022 09:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

As others in California have answered, unless it is built-in and attached, it is not included as a default in the contract.  The purchase agreement has boxes to check if included or left unchecked if not. 

Tell your friend he asked the right person who came to the right place to get the answer! 

Jun 01, 2022 08:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It would be in the State of North Dakota BUT that does not necessarily mean the fridge you saw at the house. Often a fridge is swapped out for a NEW but lesser model than what was seen at the home. This "swap" would also need to be spelled out in the contract Clay R. Seay 

Jun 01, 2022 07:45 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Don't know your contracts but my questions would always be "what does the contract specify?" Customs are nice if everyone abides by the same customs but enforcing them might be difficult. 

Jun 01, 2022 07:07 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Probably because of its Mobility, Refrigerators remain as Personal Property in most Markets

Jun 02, 2022 10:33 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In our area, it's up to the seller, but it's certainly customary to leave all kitchen appliances; washer/dryers are a bit more discretionary, but are normally also left with the home. Hope you get your local response!

Jun 02, 2022 10:31 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

In my state (Georgia) we have a sellers disclosure and state in our MLS which appliances convey.

Jun 02, 2022 09:09 AM
Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Thanks everyone for your answers.

In Florida noted in the AS IS contract as:  included in the
purchase: range(s)/oven(s), refrigerator(s), dishwasher(s), disposal, ceiling fan(s), light fixture ..... more but not washer & dryers. Buyers have to ask for them.

In Texas, contract shown as : permanently installed and built-in items, if any, all equipment and appliances, valances, ....

So not named specifically, so my first time home buyer friends were not told refrigerators were NOT include. Sin of omission by the Agent, in my opinion. After-all, what is an appliance?


O well, a valuable lesson in both disclosure and ask if you have questions.

Jun 01, 2022 08:09 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Colorado is can be excluded or included, but will say in the MLS.  Nothing customary here.

Jun 01, 2022 08:01 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

My area it is customary except for new construction.

Jun 01, 2022 06:30 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Here in Southern California, anything can be included or excluded from the sale as long as all parties to the contract agree to it.

Jun 16, 2022 10:58 PM