Relocate to Wisconsin : "The Sellers thought they would take the Alarm System.." said the listing agent

"The Sellers thought they would take the Alarm System.." said the listing agent

    In Wisconsin, we have a portion of both our listing and offer that has "inclusions and exclusions".  Typically that list includes things like...the major kitchen appliances and an playsetoccasional playset or hot tub.  We always advise Sellers if they are taking Grandma's chandlelier in the dining room, or the window treatments in the master bedroom that match the bedspread, to remove them before the first showing. 

   Our Buyer has an accepted offer on a wonderful home and is exceptionally well organized.  We have offered to have him cloned at our expense...he is checking with his family....not sure if this will happen. He asked me to check  on the alarm system for the house and how he went about transferring the service to his name.  He travels frequently for him job and this was understandably,  a concern to him. alarm system        I called and emailed the listing agent several times...and finally she answered. "The Sellers were going to take the alarm system with them."  What ?   It was not listed as an "exclusion"and since of course it is very much attached to the is an inclusion even though it was not listed in the offer to purchase. 

    Things that are they alarm systems, light fixtures, built in features ...are part of what is included in the purchase of a house.  The agent is experienced...she knows that even if the Sellers did not.

   Always explain to your Sellers or Buyers what is meant by inclusions and exclusions and BEFORE listing if there are things that are being taken...remove them or exclude them from the purchase. 

    If you or anyone you know is looking to Sell or buy a home in southeastern Wisconsin...Call the Hansons...we are honored to be of service.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 20 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • April 20 2016 03:30AM


Hi Sally.  Wow!  That listing agent is real mental midget.  Good luck.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 2 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson Just when you think you've heard it all, here comes yet another one.  I have never heard of anyone taking an alarm system!  I've heard of people digging up bushes but not an alarm system.  Is it perhaps wireless?  Otherwise, the wires are running throughout the house. 

I always tell sellers to remove whatever they're taking before we list and before photos are taken.  I've seen arguments over the silliest things.  I hope things work out with this alarm system.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 2 years ago

I am glad the buyers asked you about this before closing  day. There would have been delays if the sellers took it with them and you noticed at walk thru.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 2 years ago

I'm LOL because that is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. Watch out, they make take the toilet seat they replaced too.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David,

Must have had cataracts that day and clouded their vision and brain!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally. The alrm system not a fixture? Someone was napping in their real estate class! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) about 2 years ago

People are interesting. Most systems are easily replaced tho.

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker along 30a (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE) about 2 years ago

Hi Sally and David.  Now that's certainly an alarming development.  

(Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this story. This is very good reading for prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

I would suggest the sellers need to re-think their decision. This is part of the house and its not excluded and needs to stay. Did they have a contract and still have to pay on it? How are they going to remove it? Interesting!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 2 years ago

Now Sally that is a first that I have heard...really & they think they are saving money...omg.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I probably have 2000 feet of wiring, two motion sensors, dozens of window and door locations, and two key pads in my house.  I am not at all certain how I could take all that with me if we move.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

When we moved into our home the bathroom mirror was gone. I thought that was pretty ridiculous, but this tops that!  Insanity.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 2 years ago

More content for the book I say I'm going to write called "We can't make this stuff up"... LOL!    Taking an alarm system??!!! NUTS!

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. Pretty funny and very odd too. I never understand sellers wanting to take these sorts of things.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Ridiculous...Just proves that removing what you want to keep before listing is needed!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 2 years ago

We've tried many, many times (in vain) to get our sellers to remove items like fixtures that they want before showings begin. I tell them, "once a buyer sees an item they like, they'll want it".

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 2 years ago

Good morning Sally. Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up, unfortunately have seen thing like this before. Stuff like this should be handled on the seller side long before the property goes on the market.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 2 years ago

Sally and David that is silly for the Sellers to want to take the alarm system.  It will cost them more money to remove it and have it re-installed, then if they purchase a new one.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 2 years ago

I generally explain that if they could turn the house upside down and shake it, the inclusions are whatever is still attached. Sounds like an alarm system to me. 

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) about 2 years ago