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Richard, Lawyer
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Experience:  32 years of experience as lawyer in Texas. I'm also a Real Estate developer.
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In my home sale contract it states "Items included in Sale:

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In my home sale contract it states "Items included in Sale: Gas and Electric Fixtures, cooking ranges and ovens, hot water heaters, linoleum, T.V. antenna, screens, storm sash, shades, blinds, awnings, radiator covers, heating apparatus and sump pump, if any, except where owned by tenants are included in this sale" I do not have all the items in this list in the house currently (for example there is no sump pump) am I protected by the 'in any' part of this sentence or should I explicitly cross out what is not in the house to protect myself (the wording in there now is just verbage in a standard contract from the real estate agent)
Welcome! My goal is to do my very best to understand your situation and to provide a full and complete answer for you.

Good morning. You're wise to be careful here. If there are any items listed which the house does not have, you do want to cross it out. You don't want to give the buyer any argument that there was any expectation that these are included in the sale. Even though it says "if any", it's always good to make your contract as specific as possible and if you clearly don't have an enumerated item, it's best to cross it out to eliminate any doubt so there is no future issue.

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