Another exclusion item for that sales contract

I CAN take it with me - Joel Kaye said I could!

I CAN take it with me - Tom Ward  said I could!

We used to laugh at the occasional home seller who took his toilet paper and lightbulbs with him when he vacated (or evacuated, I suppose); cheap, mean ol’ bastards, but fortunately there weren’t many of them and no lawyer I know of ever thought to cover those items in a sales contract. Toilet paper is still plentiful and cheap, but light bulbs may now be a coveted, and expensive item.

The 100 watt incandescent bub is no more, the 75 watt flickers out January 1 and cfl bulbs are unusable. The suggested alternative for both incandescents and cfls is the LED, which currently (yes, bad pun) cost as much as $30 and even $50 per bulb. Homeowners who still have incandescents may start taking with them what is now literally irreplaceable, and if they’ve already installed, say, 100 of the new LEDs, they’re looking at a $3-$5,000 replacement cost if they leave them behind. It may take a few incidents where a new homebuyer arrives to a dark castle, but I predict we’ll start seeing this  issue addressed in sales contracts within the year.

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  1. In Germany the custom is to take everything that’s physically removable when you sell, including the oven racks.

    • Because this is now a self-moderating comment page I will refrain from pointing out the horrible conclusion to be drawn from the German’s affection for oven racks.

  2. kc

    Wondering what we’ll do to replace the inexpensive, safe incandescent bulb when and if it’s completely banned caused me to think of, of all things, toilets. When we bought my current residence (which probably looked pretty sharp to the modern eye at some point in the previous century) we were amused by the number of doors to the outside (I guess they had a fear of fire or something) and toilets. There was a green toilet and a yellow toilet and three other old ones in a house of about 2500 square feet. As one was just sitting out in the open (working and connected) in a work room of sorts, we couldn’t see letting it take up space especially since using it would require a certain lack of modesty on the part of the user. The plumbers treated most of the old fixtures with disdain. But they wanted that toilet. You could tell there was something special about it from the moment they saw it. It was gone that afternoon. I later learned, of course, that older, functioning toilets with larger water reservoirs than are now allowed, were pretty hot items on the second hand market at that time, because they actually worked for the intended purpose . . . functioning indoor plumbing. When you’re just going to the Mississippi for that extra gallon, it doesn’t seem to have quite the import of a gallon in a dry summer in the southwest. But I guess it’s one size fits all in America.

  3. db

    Cool thing about all of this is the vast majority of people, who have or will upgrade to CFL and LED, can save their old bulbs to sell to the old timers still able to change a light bulb. Best part is you will find a few that will pay a premium and probably cover the bill to move to the newer tech.

    Using your imagination, imagine Chris paying $50 for a 100 Watt bulb. For Chris it will be a bargain at 50 cents a Watt.