What Is Included In A House Sale

When buying or selling a property in the UK, it’s essential to understand what typically comes with the house. This knowledge can prevent misunderstandings and ensure a smooth transaction. Let’s delve into the common household items and fixtures that are usually included in a house sale.

Rear view of a young man walking through his apartment, entering a new home.
Rear view of a young man walking through his apartment, entering a new home.

Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures are items that are attached to the property. These typically include:

  • Built-in Appliances: Integrated ovens, hobs, and dishwashers.
  • Heating Systems: Boilers and radiators.
  • Bathroom Suites: Bath, shower, toilets and sinks.
  • Fixed Carpets and Flooring: Unless specifically excluded.

Fittings, on the other hand, are not normally included unless agreed upon. These are items not fixed to the property, like freestanding appliances and furniture.

Kitchen Essentials

The kitchen is a pivotal area in house sales. Generally, the following are included:

  • Cooker: If it’s integrated or fitted.
  • White Goods: Fridge, freezer, washing machine, and dishwasher are often negotiable. Integrated ones are more likely to be included.
  • Fitted Units and Worktops: Always included as they are fixed.

Garden and External Structures

Outdoor spaces often come with:

  • Sheds and Greenhouses: Included if they are not specified as exclusions.
  • Garden Plants: Plants in the ground are fixtures,

but potted plants are usually not included.

  • Gates and Fencing: These are typically included as they are considered part of the property boundary.

Other Fixtures

Several other items are typically included in the sale:

  • Light Fittings and Fixtures: Chandeliers or fitted lights remain, but the seller might replace them with basic fittings.
  • Window Coverings: Curtains might not be included, but curtain rods and blinds usually are.
  • TV Aerials and Satellite Dishes: These are generally included, especially if fixed to the property.

Negotiable Items

Some items are not automatically included but can be negotiated as part of the sale:

  • Furniture: Usually not included but can sometimes be negotiated separately.
  • Garden Furniture: Similar to indoor furniture, this is typically not included unless agreed upon.
  • Decorative Items: Mirrors, artwork, and similar items are usually personal and not included.


Be aware that sellers might exclude certain items from the sale. These exclusions should be clearly stated in the sale agreement.

What’s Not Included

Typically, the following are not included:

  • Personal Property: Items like clothes, personal electronics, and movable decorations.
  • Temporary Structures: Things like gazebos or movable sheds might not be included.

Finalising the Sale

When finalising the sale, ensure that the list of included and excluded items is clear and agreed upon in writing. This avoids any misunderstandings and ensures a smooth transaction.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property and need professional guidance on what’s included in a house sale, Nicholas Humphreys is here to help. Our experienced team can guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a seamless and satisfactory transaction. Contact us today to start your journey with a trusted estate agent.

This article is for informational purposes and should not be considered legal advice. For specific inquiries, it’s recommended to consult a legal professional.