Fixtures are items that are attached to the property. Their presence enhances the use and enjoyment of property and they transfer upon sale to the new owner. Fixtures are part of a broader category of property known in law as real property. Think of them as “belongs to the real estate”.
Some example of common fixtures are: Garage Doors, openers and remotes, Wine Coolers, Video Projectors + Screens, Dishwashers, built-in speakers and sound systems, Recessed Lighting, Baseboards and Molding, HVAC systems, Fireplace Screens and Fake Logs, Pool equipment, Chandeliers, Gates, Sheds and Fences, Security Systems and alarms, planted landscaping (but not potted plants), and Window Coverings such as blinds, Shutters and curtains (however be sure to specify curtains in writing!)
Fixtures are not personal property (which is not conveyed). Personal Property “belongs to the owner”. Personal property is anything that if you turned the house upside down and shook it would fall out. Some examples of personal property are Flat Screen TVs (what about the Flat screen TV wall mounts?), Safes, furniture, rugs, kitchen utensils, food, bicycles and cars, clothing, pictures and paintings etc.
As you can imagine, differentiating between fixtures and personal property can get confusing!