Real Estate Term Tuesday: Fixture

Have you ever walked through a home and wondered if the curtains will stay with the house when you move in?  What about the TV mount on the wall? Don't forget about the electric fence for the dogs!


Some items are considered fixtures and thus, part of the home.

If you're selling a home, be sure that you and your agent talk about and document any fixtures (including your grandma's rose bush in the front yard) that you plan to take with you when you move. If the items/plants are not excluded in the listing contract and fit the definition of a fixture, they will most likely stay with the house.

Below is the Wisconsin Realtor's Association definition of a fixture; check it out and get familiar with what you can expect to stay with a home!

FIXTURES: A "Fixture" is an item of property which is physically attached to or so closely associated with land or buildings so as to be treated as part of the real estate, including, without limitation, physically attached items not easily removable without damage to the premises, items specifically adapted to the premises, and items customarily treated as fixtures, including, but not limited to, all: garden bulbs; plants; shrubs and trees; screen and storm doors and windows; electric lighting fixtures; window shades; curtain and traverse rods; blinds and shutters; central heating and cooling units and attached equipment; water heaters, water softeners and treatment systems; sump pumps; attached or fitted floor coverings; awnings; attached antennas and satellite dishes; audio/visual wall mounting brackets (but not the audio/visual equipment); garage door openers and remote controls; installed security systems; central vacuum systems and accessories; in-ground sprinkler systems and component parts; built-in appliances; ceiling fans; fences; in-ground pet containment systems (but not the collars); storage buildings on permanent foundations and docks/piers on permanent foundations.

See you next Tuesday!

Lizzy Parker: 608-422-2824,

Spencer Schumacher: 608-358-7622,