Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Are the appliances included with this new home? Maybe not!

Are the appliances included with this new home? Maybe not!

Are the appliances included with this new home?  Yes of course, you think...

It's common practice here in Hawaii that all the appliances are included with a home sale.  Fridge, stove, washer and dryer - it's a given.  But what about that water heater? 

In the Hawaii purchase contract there is a paragraph E-2 for inclusions, where you can check off the boxes for things like: refrigerator; range; microwave; washer; dryer; SOLAR WATER SYSTEM.  But, there's NO other mention of a water heater.  Some homes come with the usual electric water heater, some have solar water heaters, and some have on-demand propane water heaters.  Why has this appliance been omitted?  What does your state contract cover?

WARNING - Strong Rent!

Apparently, in Ontario Canada there's a company who thinks it's OK to make a little extra money by leasing water heaters to unsuspecting buyers.  Some developers are offering brand new homes and including a water heater that is leased, with lease payments for 14 years or more.  It wouldn't be so bad if the rates were in line with a normal purchase price, but they aren't.  And then there's the service agreement...

Enercare will gladly lease you a water heater but contract out for the repairs when needed.  This sounds like a real nightmare for homeowners.  Buyer beware.  Another reason to know what you're getting into when you deal directly with a home developer, and use their purchase contract.

I know I'll pay more attention to water heaters in any future transactions if this is going to become a trend.

Thanks for reading my Maui blog...

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Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
127 Hana Hwy. #G, Paia HI 96779
E-mail or call/text: 808 283-0635

Comment balloon 9 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • April 05 2018 08:29PM


This is very good reading for prospective home buyers.

Reading the contract is a smart strategy.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

Unless it is specified in the contract the appliances being pesonal property do not automatically stay

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Interesting info on water heaters in Maui!  Thanks for sharing. I never heard of leasing a water heater. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 1 year ago

How fascinating here the water heater is part of the house... just as the stove... the rest of the appliances are negotiable... and let's be real in a fast market with no inventory no one wants some old appliances to be the deal breaker, just sayin, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

Leasing a water heater is news to me, Georgie! But the issue of what appliances convey or not is a common one and one cannot make assumptions.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

Georgie, never had a water heater excluded from a sale, but sometimes the Refrigerator, Washer or Dryer.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

Good morning Georgie. The idea of a water heater not being included is certainly foreign to me.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Thanks for the comments.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 1 year ago

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - This is excellent information your disseminating and I appreciate learning something new all the time! I hope you get featured because it would be beneficial to prospective buyers and sellers. 

Wishing you great sales and all of life's wonderful greatness. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 1 year ago

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