Ever wonder why the stove stays but the washer and dryer usually go when a house is sold? In Texas, if an item is permanently attached, or the property might be damaged by the items removal, it stays with the property. If a seller wants to keep a sentimental item, such as a rare cactus they planted in their outdoor rock garden, or the curtains that Aunt Erma made, the items should be specifically excluded in the contract. Likewise, a buyer who would like to retain a dining room table that was built to fit perfectly in the space, will need to state this in the Non-Realty Items Addendum. A REALTOR® can help make sure any variances from the standard contract are properly documented and agreed to by all parties. Take a look at this graphic from Texas Realtor Magazine for more on inclusions and exceptions.