We’ve come across this question quite a lot over the years. The quickest answer to…
We get it: buying or selling a home can be a stressful, emotional and frustrating experience. There’s so much paperwork to go through and fine-print to get your head around – it’s daunting, to say the least!
You may be wondering if your window blinds considered fixtures. In real estate, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting – what goes and what stays when a house sells?
What Are Considered Fixtures?
Here’s a basic rule of thumb: a decoration or piece of equipment that’s attached to the home with glue, cement, nails, pipes or other similar materials is considered a fixture. This item then ‘conveys’ with the sale of the property.
Common examples of fixtures include:
- Basins/vanity units
- Wall-mounted benches.
Are Window Blinds Considered Fixtures?
If your blinds, shutters or shades are attached to the frame of the window, yes – they are classed as fixtures. Unless a specific arrangement has been made with the seller, they go with the home when it sells.
Are Curtains Considered Fixtures?
Curtains are one of those horrible grey areas that you need to clarify with your real estate agent. Generally speaking the rods, rails and pelmets are included as fixtures because they are attached to the home. The curtains themselves are not fixed so they may be considered the property of the seller and therefore removed.
What Window Treatments Should I Install in My Rental?
If you have purchased a property as a rental investment, we recommend that you install window treatments that are simple, functional and stylish.
One of our best picks for rental properties is the traditional roller blind: super practical, trendy and easy to install and maintain. Roller blinds can be purchased in a wide range of fabrics and levels of opacity, meaning there’s a perfect blind for every window in the home.
What Colour Blinds Are Best for Rental Properties?
We suggest you stick to a neutral colour palette when purchasing blinds for your rental home. Shades of white, grey and stone are guaranteed to please the majority and complement most decor styles.
Regulations may vary according to state, so discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding the fixtures in your home with your real estate agent. After all, it’s your back pocket that it hurts, and you have every right to know what will be included in your home package!
All roller blinds must be installed with the appropriate safety gadgets to ensure that there are no loose cords or chains. This is especially important for properties where children are living.
When it comes to installing blinds in your property, the team at Complete Blinds is here to help. Call us today on (02) 8824 7975.