The purchase or sale of a home here in Vancouver is a major financial transaction. And yet, sometimes trivial considerations take prominence.
I've seen people walk away from homes they wanted over such things as a refrigerator, a porch swing, or a lawn mower. Once it was a bathroom medicine cabinet. The seller's Grandfather had made it for her so she wanted to take it with her – and the buyers refused to buy the house without it.
The fact is, these little disputes can become emotional struggles, with neither side willing to give in.
To avoid such situations, sellers should clearly list what does or does not sell with the house. If there's something that has sentimental value – such as that medicine cabinet or Grandma's antique chandelier – they should remove it and replace it before the first buyer comes in.
Sellers should also realize that buyers may actually need them to leave essentials, such as the kitchen appliances. If funds are tight for the down payment and closing costs, they might not be able to replace them after closing. If you're a seller, consider that possibility before saying no.
Buyers, on the other hand, need to be mindful of what is or isn't included in the sale. If they want a lawn mower or a piece of furniture that's clearly not included, they can ask, but should stay focused on the fact that it's the house they want.
It's sad to see a buyer walk away from a home that they would love and enjoy just because the seller isn't willing to include something that wasn't for sale in the first place - and they let their emotions get the best of them.
So if you want to buy or sell a home here in Vancouver, stay focused on your goals. Don't let trivial matters get in the way.