There is a level of responsibility you have when it comes to cleaning the home after you move. But, how clean does it really need to be? There are different expectations; a foreclosed property may have the microwave ripped out and the water softener stolen. But a home in the seller’s possession is usually a different story.
Do Sellers Have to Clean?
Some purchase contracts have it in writing that the house is to be cleaned. However, some contracts are more vague than others.
Tip: Chat with your agent if things are unclear. They can tell you what the norm is.
Most buyers will clean the home thoroughly before moving in regardless of the sellers’ efforts. Nonetheless, there are a few things a seller can do as they move to leave the home clean and to give a kind welcome to the new homeowners.
- Remove all of your personal property- even the items you will throw out.
- Wipe down cupboards, handles, doors, and counters.
- Vacuum and sweep the floors.
- Clean the insides of kitchen appliances and cupboards.
- Scrub sinks, tubs and toilets.
- Wash any tile, vinyl or linoleum flooring.
Don’t leave yourself overwhelmed and pressured. Make moving day as simple as possible, and don’t leave cleaning to the day of. It helps tremendously if you give the place a good clean before you list it. This only helps you and makes your home sparkle for listing pictures and showings.
Tip: hiring a cleaning service can help relieve some of the stress from moving. Check out these cleaning services in the central Texas area.
It can be an overwhelming challenge moving and cleaning a home. As a rule of thumb leave the property in the condition you would like to have if you were moving into a home you just purchased. Start now, so when moving day comes, it will be a cinch!
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