The Washer, Dryer and Refrigerator are generally NOT Real Estate items that go with a house. They are considered to be Personal Property. That is why sometimes you will see a spot where these things go…but no appliance there. That will pretty much NEVER happen with a stove or oven or dishwasher.
A house comes with a stove and oven…pretty much always. It either comes with a dishwasher or it doesn’t, but if it doesn’t have one, it’s not because the seller took it with him. It’s because he never had one. More typical in very old homes, of course, than newer ones.
Because they are personal property, even when the washer, dryer and refrigerator ARE included, they are not usually inspected by the home inspector, nor are they covered appliances in a normal home warranty basic package. Yes-Stove. No-Refrigerator. Yes-Dishwasher. No-clothes washer.
Now let’s look at the odds of your getting a washer, dryer and/or refrigerator in your home or condo purchase.
72% of the sellers of homes sold that were not bank owned or short sales, offered the refrigerator as included in the asking price.
47% of the sellers of homes sold that were not bank owned or short sales, offered the washer and dryer as included in the asking price.
90% of the sellers of condos sold that were not bank owned or short sales, offered the refrigerator as included in the asking price.
70% of the sellers of condos sold that were not bank owned or short sales, offered the washer and dryer as included in the asking price.
52% of the short sale sellers of homes offered the refrigerator as included in the asking price.
29% of the short sale sellers of homes offered the washer & dryer as included in the asking price.
Before I post the stats for Bank Owned Property Sales, note that a bank generally makes “no representations” or guarantees. So there may BE a refrigerator or washer and dryer in that bank sold home, but they are not warranting that it will still be there at closing. If it’s there; it’s there. If it’s not; it’s not. In other words, you can’t refuse to close because the refrigerator took a walk during escrow. Nor can you demand that the bank seller buy you a new washer, dryer or refrigerator if that happens. It’s treated like any other Personal Property left in the home by the previous owner before it foreclosed. It just may happen to be there.
That said, some REO property listing agents did note the following as included.
Only 4% of REO homes sold noted the washer, dryer AND refrigerator as included.
17% noted the Refrigerator as included.
6% noted the washer and dryer as included.
So you are more likely to get a refrigerator in that home purchase
than a washer and dryer
by all accounts.
By no means is it a “given” that the washer, dryer and refrigerator will be included. On the other hand if there is a stove, an oven, a dishwasher and a garbage disposal, it would be rare indeed if any of those appliances were not included and those are usually all covered in the home warranty basic plan.
Microwaves? Most always yes if they are built in like a range hood…and not if they are sitting on the kitchen counter like the toaster and the coffee pot.
(Required Disclosure) Stats are not compiled, verified or published by The Northwest Multiple Listing Service.) Seems odd to have to disclose that, given I’ve never seen an mls do stats about appliances…but just to be safe, including the required disclosure.