May I take my appliance and cabinets out of my home before moving out due to foreclosure?

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May I take my appliance and cabinets out of my home before moving out due to foreclosure?

Asked on January 19, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You may remove appliances or cabinets that have not been attached to the home--for example, a countertop microwave oven, blender, or coffee maker; standalone book shelves or display cabinets. However, anything attached to or installed into the home is considered part of the home, and if you remove it, you could potentially face liabilty. This includes, for example kitchen cabinets, a stove, a dishwasher, a range hood or a microwave built into a range hood or kitchen cabinetry.

Basically, if you were buying a home and you would have expected the seller to leave it, do not remove it.


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