Washington General Bill of Sale
A Washington general bill of sale is a legal paper used by private individuals or entities to show the legal transaction of a personal item. This form contains details about the vendor and purchaser, as well as identifiable details about the property and details about the proprietorship transfer. Notarization should be used for this form.

How do you draft a bill of sale in Washington?

A Washington Bill of Sale should have the details outlined below to safeguard the individuals or entities involved and address all conceivable difficulties and details:

  • Names and physical addresses of the vendor and buyer are included in the identification information. If there are more than one seller and buyer, make a note of it on the paperwork.

  • The property being transferred is described in detail. Include any pertinent information needed to identify the item or objects, such as a broad description (e.g., color, size), serial number if applicable, manufacturer, year, and others. If the transferred item has any flaws, make a note of these as well.

  • Warranty disclaimer indicating that the buyer accepts the item "as-is" or outlining any warranty conditions provided by the vendor;

  • The cost of the specified item. It is preferable to enter the amount in both words and numbers. If the property is being given as a gift, make a note of it on the bill of sale.

  • Information about the transaction: The date on which a document takes effect must be included in every document. If the transfer is made under any unusual circumstances, be sure to include them in this section. If the payment is divided into numerous parts, for example, indicate the amount of each part and the due date for each part.

  • Both the seller's and the buyer's signatures are required. The signatures acknowledge that the vendor willingly turns over the indicated goods and that the buyer accepts them under the terms stated. Prepare two original copies of the document and preserve one for your records.

When trading or purchasing small private items, you are not legally obligated to complete a Bill of Sale, and the state doesn't have any government-licensed forms for this aim. It's a good idea to sign a Bill of Sale form particularly if the property is pricey and you want to generate documentation for the sale. It acts as a sales slip or receipt for the purchaser, establishing that the purchaser is now the legal holder of the item and absolving the previous owner of any liability for the sold item and its use.

Is it necessary for a Bill of Sale notarization in Washington?

Although the state does not mandate a notary's validation for sales, it is recommended to have a notary or an eyewitness present to ensure that the sale was completed. This can help avoid any problems that may arise if the vendor or purchaser contests the sale at a later date.