If you sell your house, do you HAVE to leave the stove?

I’ve heard of this years ago. That if you sell your house, there HAS to be a working stove. I’m not sure if it only applies to a gas stove, not electric? Just wondering if anyone knew

14 thoughts on “If you sell your house, do you HAVE to leave the stove?

  1. melodyanne1 says:

    i am pretty sure if you don’t put the stove in the description then it doesn’t have to be there. A friend of mine bought a house and there were no light switches, no fans (but places fans used ot be) no blinds no stove fridge or dishwasher…………
    i think if you let the buyers know that there isn’t astove then they will make arrangements to buy one

  2. LisaFlorida says:

    No. Your can include or exclude any appliances in the house in the counter-offer or sales contract. It is the new owner/occupant’s responsibility to have a working stove [if that is even a requirement. I’ve never heard that except for child welfare agencies.]
    Use it as a bargaining tool.

  3. firehorsetwo says:

    You should be asking your real estate agent for sure, and check your selling/purchase agreement.

    My understanding is that you only have to leave what is “agreed” upon in your selling agreement. For example, you should be clear on appliances are inluded, which window fixtures, lighting, etc. Perhaps you have a garden set/gaxebo that can’t be moved, or that you don’t want to bear the cost to move – you can include that. The buyer has the option on taking it or not taking it, if they don’t want it, you do have to remove it (at your expense).

    Most of the time, these items that stay or go, can be used as a bargaining tool. Sometimes, it is less effort and expense to the new owner to replace, sometimes, it is less effort and expense to keep the old one.

  4. ღ♡♥Fallen Angel♥♡ღ says:

    No. You don’t have to leave anything. I’d take the kitchen sink too, that way the people can say they took everything including the kitchen sink.

    Besides, if the people can afford to buy a house, then they can afford new appliances. If I bought a house, I’d get rid of the stove if it was left. I just have a thing against other people’s cooties. I bleached down the entire apartment I rented including the sinks, stove, fridge, and bathtub, plus vacuumed everything at least twice before I moved ANYTHING in.