Fixtures and Fittings

Fixtures and Fittings ….

Every Offer To Purchase (‘OTP’) has / should have a specific clause where the Purchaser and Seller agrees on which fixtures and fittings to be included or excluded as part of the Sale Agreement. This is done by mutual agreement on presentation of the OTP. Once the OTP is signed by all parties involved it becomes very difficult to change any clauses or conditions and must therefore be done prior to acceptance. Sellers should, as part of the Mandate Agreement be advised by their agents to specify any inclusions or exclusions of fixtures and fittings in the mandate agreement so that prospective purchasers can be informed accordingly when viewing the property.

To make this process easier, our OTP includes the following items as standard fixtures and fittings thatMAY NOT be removed unless otherwise specified in writing. The specific clause reads as follows ….

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“The Property is sold with all fixtures and fittings of a permanent nature, which the Seller warrants are fully paid for, and owned solely by the Seller, including all existing garden trees / shrubs / plants, stove, electrical light fittings / shades and (if any) curtain rails / rods / pelmets / blinds, swimming pool equipment / filters / motors, fitted carpets, fitted kitchen storage units, post box, electrical geyser(s), TV aerial, DSTV satellite dish, burglar alarm system, door-bell / knocker, keys and remotes. All electrical items are to be in working order on date of occupation. The purchaser is aware that the radio transmitter connected to the alarm system (if applicable) is the property of …………………………………………Security Company”, where the radio transmitter is therefore excluded.

The OTP also gives the Seller / Purchaser the opportunity to specify any inclusions / exclusions to this clause. Inclusions would be any NON-fixtures that will be sold with the property. Exclusions would be any fixtures that will be removed are not sold with the property. Apart from the items mentioned in the clause above, fixtures and fittings in general can be understood as being as the following:

Any items that form part of the permanent structure of the property such as built-in cupboards and vanities, mirrors, towel and curtain rails, blinds, shutters, light fittings & switches, light bulbs, security systems, built-in heaters, fans and air conditioning systems, gate / garage door motors & automated systems or anything that is bolted, nailed or screwed onto the property can be seen as fixtures. If, for example, there are bathroom cupboards hanging on the walls of the bathroom with towel rails attached to the cupboards, Purchasers viewing the property could assume that these cupboards and rails are fixtures as they won’t know if the cupboards are bolted to the wall or hanging on screws / nails like portraits / paintings. Sellers might think that these are non-fixtures and remove them causing huge frustration and unhappiness when the new owners take occupation.

According to our OTP the complete DSTV dish or any other antennas / dishes, brackets and cables are also seen as fixtures and therefore, unless excluded, are sold with the property. As previously mentioned, the Seller should exclude all of these items during the listing and mandate process and prior to signing any OTP in order to avoid unnecessary unhappiness and disappointment later on.

Should any items, deemed to be fixtures, be excluded, the purchaser may request that it be replaced by the Seller with a suitable alternative / replacement item. Take the DSTV dish for example: If the Seller has a very expensive, multifunctional DSTV dish and “LNB” combination and he / she would not like to sell it with the property, it should be excluded in writing and replaced with a suitable replacement / alternative system if necessary. The Purchasers may also request that should any fixtures be removed from the walls of the property where it was bolted onto the walls, that the holes be filled and the walls painted, or not, depending on what has been agreed. Purchasers may also decide to include certain items that are non-fixtures such as loose standing cupboards, pot plants, curtains etc. which the Purchasers may or may not agree to.

All the above should be negotiated and written into the OTP prior to finalizing and signing of the OTP to avoid any future misunderstanding.

We hope that you find the information useful. Happy selling. If you need any assistance with the sale of your property in the Roodepoort, Gauteng area, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Marnus Steyn: 072 264 7806 / marnus@steynrealty.co.za

Juanita Steyn: 083 604 1231 / juanita@steynrealty.co.za

To view all out available stock, please visit our website at www.steynrealty.co.za

You can also like and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @steynrealty

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What do you think? Changed the theme for my blog ….. new and fresh. Although I share some personal info on my blog, it is mostly there to promote my profession and my business as a Business Owner & Real Estate Agent with Steyn Realty in Roodepoort, on the Westrand of Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa.

As part of all the marketing we do, blogging isn’t always that easy to “get to” but still a very effective marketing tool. Our marketing consists of the following:

  1. Boards & Dustbins – For Sale – To Let – Sold – Area Agent – Area Specialist – On Show etc …. extremely effective as many buyers, sellers, tenants & landlords drive around in the areas where the want to buy sell or rent and if they spot your details on a board you might get some business.
  2. Website portals – the main websites to advertise our property listings on are Property24 and Private Property. Other sites such as Myproperty, Entegral, IOL as well as our own website are also useful for lead generation. I must say, Entegral is doing a great job assisting estate agencies with real good-looking and user-friendly websites (not expensive) and easy to manage.
  3. Social media … need I say more. We have to be on them all … Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn …. and blogging of course. To follow all our profiles just click on the Social Networking on the home page and click to follow. We love engaging with our followers and answering any property / real estate related questions you might have.
  4. Networking ….. everywhere we go, we network, give out cards, chat to people take numbers and stay in touch as far as possible.

We are always looking for stock, Houses, Townhouses, Clusters, Flats, Estate Houses, Plots, Vacant Land, Farms or any real estate in the areas where we work ….. and we love selling. All our stock can be viewed in detail on http://www.steynrealty.co.za

Our areas where we work stretch from Sterkfontein / Krugersdorp in the West (we refer many buyers and sellers to an agency called RealPro who specializes in assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in that area). Pinehaven, Featherbrooke, Home Haven in the West all along Hendrik Potgieter towards Ruimsig, Amorosa, up the hill towards Helderkruin, Kloofendal etc. Around Clearwater Mall, Wilgeheuwel, Strubensvallei, Little Falls, Radiokop, Allen’s Nek towards Wilgeheuwel Hospital.

We do a lot of Sectional Title sales and Rentals although the last couple of months towards the end of 2016 and the start of 2017 we have assisted some more sellers, selling their Houses in the area.

If you or anyone you know are looking to buy, sell or rent out their property, we would love to assist. We can assist with free, market related valuations for selling or rental purposes. We advertise on all major websites and social media as explained above. We screen all our tenants through the TPN Credit Bureau and we also make use of the TPN Rentbook system to manage and invoice our tenants.

For more info on your own affordability and credit profile for buying property, please contact Sanette Payne of Payneless Bonds on 087 151 4712 / 011 662 2396 or email sanette@paynelessbonds.co.zahttp://www.paynelessbonds.co.za

For any legal queries regarding the transfer process, costs & fees or any legal issues regarding the transfer and registration of Properties, please contact Jolandie Pieterse at Truter Crous & Wiggill Attorneys on 011 692 1640 or email jpieterse@tcw-rftn.co.zahttp://www.tcw-rftn.co.za

Thank you for reading this post, and remember, we love selling and we would love to assist you in the future.

Marnus – 072 264 7806 – marnus@steynrealty.co.za
Juanita – 083 604 1231 – juanita@steynrealty.co.za

Property For Sale in Helderkruin / Kloofendal, Roodepoort

Helderkruin and Kloofendal are arguably two of the better suburbs to stay in the Roodepoort area. Close to schools and other amenities, these two areas are quiet and established with large residential stands and older but well built properties. Many of the properties have been upgraded and renovated over the years.

I have 3 residential homes for sale in these areas and any prospective buyer can contact me directly to arrange a viewing …… have a look at the following:

1. Kloofendal R 2 275 000 (Negotiable)

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This is a very neat and spacious 3 bedroom house that has also got a 4th bedroom / flatlet with its own bathroom and kitchen. What makes this house unique and adds to the value is that it has full gas and solar installations for the kitchen as well as the geysers. Loadshedding is no problem with a generator and because of the gas and solar features, the electricity bill is really low. Electricity is also pre-paid.

Other features included a study, under cover parking for a caravan, trailer and or boat, double automated garage, solar heated pool, domestic accommodation with bathroom and solar geyser, large extra Wendy House for storage, a second entrance gate at the back, a jungle-gym and lots of garden space to play.

Being a corner property, this stand is 1500m². This really is an exceptional property with so many positive features. To view this property …. click here

2. Helderkruin R 1 695 000 (Negotiable)

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Built on 1286m² stand and situated very close to the Kloofendal Nature Reserve, this property is also totally renovated. From the roof to the kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated and upgraded for a more modern but warm and family orientated lifestyle. This property has 3 well sized bedrooms with laminate flooring and two bathrooms. The kitchen has a huge scullery section witch also doubles up as the laundry with lots of cupboard space.

Three large living areas include a dining room, formal lounge and TV / Family room leading out to the pool area. Other features include a study, domestic room, outside bathroom, double automated garage, braai / entertainment area and irrigated garden.

This is the perfect home for a young couple or family where you can stay for the next 20 years …… to view this property …. click here

3. Helderkruin R 1 650 000 (Negotiable)

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Spacious comfortable living in this very neat and spacious family house. 1566m² stand, 3 bedrooms and a study (which could also be a 4th bedroom), 2 bathrooms and 3 living areas. Work-from-home possibility with some minor adjustments. If you are looking for a big kitchen where the family can get together, well then this is it. Separate scullery, double fridge and plenty of space for other appliances.

This property has a front and back garden with beautiful rock garden, grass terraces and sparkling pool. Additional features include a domestic room and outside toilet, separate side entrance, a bore hole for the garden, irrigation system, covered back patio and plenty of playing space ……

This property is a dream come true for a your couple or family looking to settle for many happy years. To view this property …. click here

For more on these properties or any other of my listings, go to http://www.realpro4u.co.za

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