What is an appurtenance? An Appurtenance is what remains in a real estate traction. Technically, it’s defined as something that belongs to a larger more valuable entity. This item must be a permanent addition using permanent methods and if it's removed it would leave considerable damage to the property
Typically, this is anything attached to the home. What’s included in this can vary from state to state, but generally we’re talking about mirrors, faucets, ceiling fans, things of this nature.
What about something like a wall mounted TV? In the state of TN, the TV is considered personal property, and the mount is considered an appurtenance.
Let’s talk kitchen appliances. If they're built in they're included. For example, the range, the dishwasher, the built in microwave. The big one that we always get asked about is what about the fridge? In certain states it's customary the fridge is included. In our area the fridge is considered personal property as it's not attached.
If the house has a pool and a robotic cleaner-one that costs several thousand dollars -it’s actually not typically included. You have to either ask for it or the seller has to offer it because it's not permanently installed; it could be taken and used at the next house just like a vacuum cleaner.
One last thing-don’t assume anything. Make sure that if you think it's included that it's written in the contract.
If you have any questions about this or anything else in the real estate process just give me a call. I’m Alan Castleman with Hickman Realty Group, and I’m here to help you!
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