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 occasional 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. 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 house....it is an inclusion even though it was not listed in the offer to purchase.
Things that are attached...be 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.