Attached vs. Unattached Goods: What You Need to Know

Attached vs. Unattached Goods: What You Need to Know

Attached goods refer to items that are physically attached to the property and cannot be removed without causing damage, such as pipes, screws, bolts, or nails. These goods remain with the property unless there is a specific exclusion in the listing agreement or in the buyer's offer to purchase.

Examples of attached goods include:

  • Garburators
  • Water softeners
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Built-in appliances
  • Central vacuum systems
  • Garage door openers

On the other hand, unattached goods are movable items that sellers typically remove from the property before the buyer takes possession.

Examples of unattached goods include:

  • Wall art,
  • Area rugs,
  • Drapes hooked on curtain rods,
  • Attachments for central vacuum systems,
  • Remotes for a garage door opener,
  • Movable kitchen islands.

Attached goods are typically included with the property, while unattached goods are not.

In cases where it is not clear whether an item is attached or unattached, such as a wall-mounted TV, which is attached to the property through the wall mount but is not attached to the wall mount itself, specific inclusions or exclusions in the listing agreement or buyer's offer to purchase must be consulted. If a buyer wants an unattached good included in the purchase of the property, such as the garage door opener or attachments for the central vacuum system, they need to list it as an inclusion in their offer to purchase. If a seller plans to take an unattached good, they need to put that in a counteroffer to the buyer. In commercial transactions, everything other than the four walls is typically considered unattached and should be specified in a purchase contract.


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