Dear Monica: We closed escrow on a property a few days ago and the sellers have left some items there that we thought would be removed.  They left an old refrigerator in the garage and some other items.  Should this have been removed?  Jeff W.

Dear Jeff:  The contract states that all built in appliances are part of the transaction.  If a refrigerator in a kitchen is not built in, you should state in the contract whether or not you want it included.  Typically an old refrigerator in a garage is not considered part of the transaction, unless specifically included in the contract.

To avoid confusion on this, the seller’s agent should confirm that it is okay to leave the refrigerator in the garage and/or the buyer’s agent can stipulate that it is not included.  This should eliminate any confusion about whether to leave the old fridge or not.