I’m often asked: “What comes with the property – and what doesn’t?”
Things that are physically bolted, concreted or nailed into a property are called fixtures. These include light fittings, carpets and tiles, curtains and blinds, TV wall brackets, shelving and any appliances built into the kitchen. These are sold with the property.
But if a fitting isn’t “fixed” to property – if you could easily unplug it and walk away with it, like a dishwasher, upright cooker stove, swimming pool equipment, water tank pumps and portable garden sheds – then these are not fixtures. The vendor could remove these items prior to settlement.
To remove any doubt, write the items sold with the land into the contract, next to the standard line about light fittings and floor coverings.
Other items to clarify are large outdoor pot plants, cubby houses, mirrors, garden sheds, pool equipment, BBQs, walk-in-robe shelving, solar panels and water tanks. If in any doubt, list the item in the contract.
24 August 2015