Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Our forms mention broom clean, but I think the home should be spotless to the best of the sellers' abilities.

Mar 03, 2015 05:13 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I advise sellers to leave it as they would like to receive it.  That's assuming the seller likes a clean house.

Mar 03, 2015 04:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Broom clean, or cleaner.

Nov 25, 2019 08:01 PM
Dipti Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
On a team with Praful Thakkar

Professional help.

Jul 11, 2018 10:05 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Broom swept clean is all that is typically expected. But I often write into a contract that home be professionally cleaned, including carpets, prior to closing. I don't really remember the last time a seller left a messy, dirty home behind.

Mar 03, 2015 08:56 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Paul, our contract appears to be similiar to yours and we have had the same problems what the seller considers to be clean may not be the buyer's idea of clean.  The main concern is leaving "junk" items behind and almost all the buyers we have had draw the line there and insist that sellers remove their junk and debris out of the yard, garage, basement, attic, etc.

Mar 03, 2015 08:17 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I would have to agree with Larry Johnston and John Juarez. Things have gotten a lot better in the last 2-3 years, but from 2008 to 2012, many homes were left in very bad condition because owners just didn't care and buyers were getting some great deals.

Mar 03, 2015 02:39 PM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

The contracts from Virginia and North Carolina both require that the seller leave it in "broom-swept" condition. I am sure that there is a bit a latitude to the definition...

Mar 03, 2015 12:32 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Most of our contract say that the buyer gets occupancy on the day of closing, therefore the Seller needs to be moved out before closing.  That's why we have a walkthrough.  We have had several things that needed to be taken care of before we would close.  It needs to be acceptable to the buyer.

Mar 03, 2015 12:21 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I usually write "professional cleaning" into the contract. But when working with buyers I do caution them that a professional cleaning doesn't always mean everything will be to a white-glove standard.

Mar 03, 2015 12:02 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Very clean. If they have to hire help then do it. A buyer shouldn't have to come in and see dirt on things like ceiling fans, baseboards, window ledges, etc. In my opinion this should be part of regular house cleaning.

Mar 03, 2015 11:32 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Broom swept and all debri hauled away.

Mar 03, 2015 10:51 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul Henderson I suggest them to clean it completely - if possible, use maid services to complete the task.

Mar 03, 2015 10:43 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Our standard contract says the property shall be maintained in substantially the same condition as the date of acceptance and all debris and personal property shall be removed by close of escrow.

That leaves a lot up in the air for interpretation by the parties involved.

I tell my sellers to leave the house as they would like to find it if they were the buyers.

A professional cleaning is a great closing gift whether you are representing sellers or buyers.


Mar 03, 2015 07:12 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I spell it out in the contract.  That way there is no excuses

Mar 03, 2015 06:41 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Depending on the area, some sellers can not afford to have a professional cleaning service come in.  I have seen immaculate houses as well as messy homes, too.  There is no guarantee what the home will look like, but I do ask the seller to leave it as clean as possible.  

Mar 03, 2015 05:38 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Broom swept is typical Paul Henderson  but a professional cleaning is the norm for high end homes here. I should clarify and state half a million and up for the record.

Mar 03, 2015 05:35 AM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

The Maine state contract specifies broom clean.  I make a point of explaining broom clean.  In a worst case, I paid for a house cleaner and told my seller it was their closing gift.

Mar 03, 2015 05:18 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

they should leave the home they way they would expect if they were buying the home , clean not filthy; thnaks this is a great question


Mar 03, 2015 05:12 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

I guess it would be nice if they at least didn't leave a lot of trash behind.  And, you know that the buyers are doing a walk through before closing normally.  Do you want them to think you had so little respect for the buyers that they would leave filth behind?  Chief Cook would be one to hire a cleaning service, for sure!

Mar 03, 2015 04:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

In commercial real estate, we called it broom clean condition.  On the last home we had, I had a commercial cleaning company clean it.  I just like to leave things that way.  A

Mar 03, 2015 04:39 AM