The importance of fixtures and fittings forms explained during Conveyancing in Bradford

Bradford Property Lawyer Kate Hamilton was pleased to be able to arrange a quick completion of the Conveyancing in Bradford for the sellers of a home on the west of the city in 2010. The house, located on Sutton Drive, Cullingworth, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD13, was a semi-detached freehold property which had been built some thirty years before. It had not been extended or altered in any way, so there was no need to obtain copies of any planning or building regulation approvals.

A sale was negotiated by Dacre, Son and Hartley of 93, Main Street, Bingley, Bradford BD16 2JA.  As soon as Kate heard from them she prepared the contract and sent this with a copy of the clients' registered title to Mir Solicitors of 846 Manchester Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 8DJ who were handling the Conveyancing in Bradford for the buyers.

Upon instruction, Kate asked the sellers to complete an questionnaire about their property, together with a list detailing the fixtures, fittings and any other items which were to be included in the sale. This is a standard part of Conveyancing in Bradford.

Are wall-mounted TVs or garden buildings part of a property?

Fixtures are items which form part of a building and should therefore be included in any sale. While most people would agree that items such as fitted cupboards are fixtures, in  modern homes many things will now be attached to the walls which a seller would not necessarily intend to include in a sale. One example would be a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Buyers will also want to know if curtains, carpets and other similar furnishings are to be left.

Other items which can be difficult to define are garden buildings such as summerhouses and sheds which, although often substantial structures, do not have permanent foundations. Buyers may assume that any such buildings will remain, so if they are being removed this should be made clear.

To try and avoid arguments at completion, sellers are asked to complete a list showing clearly those items which they intend to remove and those which are to be left as part of the property being sold. If they are willing to sell any furniture or other items separately then this can also be indicated. The list is then sent to a buyer's Property Lawyers, and will form part of the contractual agreement on exchange.

Once Kate's clients had returned the completed list, she forwarded it to the buyers' Conveyancing Solicitors in Bradford. They in turn passed a copy to their clients so they could check the list and confirm that it was agreed. They were happy to confirm that everything was as they had agreed verbally with the sellers, and so contracts were soon exchanged and the sale completed without any delay.