What does Goods Included Mean?
On a real estate listing, goods included are items that are not attached to a property, but are still included in the sale of a property. These items are often referred to chattels or unattached goods.
Real Estate Agent Explains Goods Included
Unattached goods are things that rest of their own weight – that aren’t screwed, bolted, glued or otherwise affixed to a property (in the house, on the land etc). The most common things that are listed as included goods are appliances because they just sit on the floor, but are often included in the sale of a home. Another unattached good that is often also for sale with a property is the curtains or drapes or blinds. Often we just say “all window coverings” on a contract if the buyer and seller have agreed that these come with the house.
Some examples of goods included that may appear on a real estate listing according to the Edmonton Real Estate Board are:
|Unattached Good Included||Abbreviation †|
|Air Conditioning (Central)||ACCEN|
|Air Conditioner (Window)||ACWIN|
|Air Cleaner (Electronic)||ARCEL|
|Blinds (Roll Up/Pull Down)||BLNDR|
|Compactor (Trash Compactor)||CMPCT|
|Dishwasher (Energy Star)||DWBE*|
|Household Goods Included||HSHLD|
|Humidifier (with Furnace)||HUMPW|
|Hot Water (Instant)||HWINS|
|Microwave Hood Cover||MWHC|
|Garage Opener (with 1 Control)||OPEN1|
|Garage Opener (with 2 Control)||OPEN2|
|Pool (Above Ground)||POOLA|
|Refridgerator (Energy Star)||REFE*|
|Satellite TV Dish||SATTV|
|Some Fixtures Leased||SFIXL|
|Stove (Countertop Electric)||STCEL|
|Stove (Countertop Gas)||STCGA|
|Vacuum System Attachments||VACAT|
|Vacuum System (Roughed-In)||VACRI|
|Washer (Energy Star)||WASE*|
|Window Coverings (All)||WINDA|
†Abbreviations or acronyms may vary from place to place.
Some items that are attached are still considered included goods. Items like ceiling fans, hood fans, garage door openers, satellite dishes are often considered unattached, even though they are bolted on – like a microwave hood fan combination unit. Sometimes these items are left off a listing. It can be arguable whether these things could be removed by the sellers or not. Most importantly: if you want to be sure something is included, make sure it’s added to the contract. If not, it may or may not be there when you take possession.
The opposite of goods included are goods excluded, which are less common to see on a real estate listing.
Why Does It Matter?
If the fridge, stove, washer and dryer are not coming with a home when you buy it, you might want to know. Check the real estate listing for a list of the goods included and make sure it appears on the contract. All real estate contracts need to state which goods or appliances are included, because they are not considered attached. It’s not as if you can’t buy these items yourself, but if you do have pay for your own goods, you’ll want to know. When you’re selling your home, be sure to indicate clearly to your REALTOR® what you want to include in the sale of your home.
by +Alan F Macdonald REALTOR® | Copyright © – gimme-shelter.com