What should you leave behind when selling your home?

A real estate agent selling a home.

As a seller, you probably think you own everything you have on your property. That is only partially true. Believe it or not, there are certain things you should leave behind when selling your home. Yes, you heard us. Even though you paid for those things and even though those things are legally yours, buyers will expect to see them in the home after you leave. But, do not worry – these things are not your precious belongings like your family heirlooms or other memorabilia. Instead, these are things that a ‘normal’ household cannot function without. And, that will be our topic of the day. Today, we will share with you what you should leave behind when selling your home in Raleigh or pretty much anywhere else in the USA. So, if you plan on putting your home on the market anytime soon, keep on reading.


Appliances, especially kitchen or laundry room appliances, are something that you should leave behind when selling your home. We know they used to cost a fortune, and maybe you love them dearly, but if you want to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price, your best bet is to pack without them.

Most prospective buyers want to buy homes with fully equipped kitchens and laundry rooms. And, if they are new (or at least in good condition), and if they fit the rest of the room perfectly, the chances are that you will sell your home in the blink of an eye.

Of course, when we say appliances, we mean things like refrigerators, stoves, ovens, extractors fans, washing and drying machines, etc. So, yes, when moving out of Raleigh after selling your home, you can pack your other ‘smaller’ appliances such as toasters, coffee machines, blenders, air fryers, and pretty much anything similar. 

Pay special attention to the kitchen when selling your home.

A white kitchen as an example of what you should leave behind when selling your home

Light Fixtures

It doesn’t matter whether the lighting fixtures on your current home came with it when you bought it or if it was you who installed them afterward – they too are something that you should leave behind when selling. 

Just think about it – would you like a specific home if it had no chandeliers or any other ceiling or wall-mounted lighting fixtures? Probably not. The house simply doesn’t look nor function properly without them.

However, if you do have some lighting fixtures that you love, remove them before listing your home. Do not post pictures of your home with that fixture, and do not let buyers see it when touring your home. If they see it, they will expect to have it after buying. 

Be careful when removing and transporting your lighting fixtures. Doing that is more difficult than it seems. Our advice is to call an electrician to help you remove them and call nextstopmoversraleigh.com movers to help you transport them. That is the only way to have them intact in your new home. 

Outdoor Plants

This one goes without saying, but, hey, it doesn’t hurt to mention, especially as there are still many people who, when organizing a local move in Raleigh, want to find a way to transport outdoor plants. Although you could move those plants (if you moved locally), it is not a good idea. 

Once again, what you list, buyers expect to get. So, if you list a home with the most beautiful garden, do not try to relocate those concrete ports, and do not try to dig out those trees, bushes, and flowers. That will only cause you problems with the buyers and probably even decrease the value of your home. 

Your outdoor plants should always stay where they are planted.

A home with a big yard.

Custom-Made Furniture

If you have an expensive, valuable, and simply big piano, it goes without saying that you want to relocate it with you. Of course, it is best to have that bulky instrument transferred by the pros

But what about that expensive custom-made sofa or custom-made shelving? Should you call the pros and have them transfer this too? No! Custom-made furniture should always stay with the home it was built for. 

So, if you have something like this in your home, better leave it for the next owners. Not only will this increase the value of your home, but it will also save you from the horrors of trying to fit and incorporate it with the rest of your new house.

Do not move around your custom-made furniture, leave it where it belongs.

A living room.

Everything Attached to the Ground

Last but certainly not least on our list of things you should leave behind when selling your home is basically a category – all the things that are attached to the ground of your home. Those can be things we mentioned before – lighting fixtures, plants, furniture items, or even some appliances. 

However, those can be even things such as a swing set, outdoor furniture, basketball hoop, grill, etc. Again, if they are attached to the ground, buyers will expect to see them after you sell your house and move out. 

Of course, you can ‘take out’ and relocate those things if you want. But you have to let the potential buyers know that as soon as they walk into your home. That is, you must disclose it not only when talking to them but also when listing your home, when describing it to your realtor, etc. If you don’t do this, you might risk getting sued! Thus, if you want to avoid a lawsuit, be sure remember what you should leave behind when selling your home.  

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