I have just received paperwork from our solicitors including the fixtures and fittings list on the house we are in the process of buying. The vendor is taking all carpets, light fittings, gas fires and surrounds. Is this normal? We are not too bothered as it needs complete redecoration so we planned to take the house back to brickwork and replaster before we move in (luckily we have somewhere to stay) so we can put in cables etc and avoid all the dust this entails. We were not planning to remove the carpets straight away due to funds but apparently the ground floor has parquet floors through so we can live with that. Upstairs would be just floorboards (presumably he has to remove the underlay if taking carpets?). It will save us the bother of removing and disposing of the carpets but might be difficult if the floorboards are in bad condition (splinters etc). We are first time buyers so not really sure what to do regarding this? Is it unusual?
They could just be covering themselves; saying they are taking the lot so that they don't have to make any decisions straight away and can change their minds if they choose to. You might move in and find it all still in place.
Then again, some vendors can be quite surprising - ours took the pond. Not just the fish, not just the plants; I'm talking plastic liner and the lot. All that remained was a big hole in the ground.
Sounds a bit odd. I think the vendor might have said he is taking all that stuff, but that you can pay (extra) to keep it, in order to make a bit more money over the price you've paid for the house. But given you are planning on a complete renovation, I'd call his bluff. I'd be surprised if he could really be bothered with ripping up all the carpets, removing the light fittings etc etc. Unless they are really expensive ones?
The sellers of our first house took a couple of curtain poles because they were nice solid metal. But I thought that was a bit odd.
I wish the sellers of our second (current) house had taken more of their crap - rubbish old garden ornaments, pots of spare screws and nails in the shed, cheap nasty pictures on the walls, dirty lampshades etc etc.
We are currently selling my Dad's bungalow after he died in November - we have had the carpets and the hardboard lining the floor underneath removed, because frankly they smelled - Dad was 102 and not always aware of spilling things.
The house was cleared by a company after we had taken personal stuff and they have basically taken 'everything that moves', though I know they have left light bulbs, so that the agents could see to show people round and the curtains so the house didn't look too deserted.
But when I was filling out the fittings and contents form this evening, it asked about a lot of things that I'm not sure whether they are still there or not - towel rail, shower curtain, batroom mirror etc, so I've ticked 'no' in fact, it's being bought by someone who is planning to completely remodel so I'm sure they won't be bothered anyway. The kitchen units are still there, but they are still the original ones from when the house was built in 1969, so they will obviously be ripped out by the buyer straight away.