MR & MRS Sellers is this Broom Clean Home?????

Real Estate Agent with Samson Properties VA0225077251

As per the Virginia Regional Sales contract unless the home condition is specified or AS IS, the home seller must deliver the home in a broom clean condition. While the standard of cleaning may differ from person to person or should I say personality to personality ..... However these are few pictures I took of one fo the home where sellers fail to understand the definition of broom clean from their listing agent. Here are few pictures of a home seller who thought their home was broom cleaned:

Cleaning incentives...find quarter, dimes and nickles as a reward while cleaning anywhere and every where .....


This is not gross....but just a bit spill and stain in my refrigerator.




Oh..BTW we left some sugar for you to have energy to clean after the mess we are leaving behind.


It is clear..sellers have boys and  everyone known ... BOYS ARE BOYS...Second Bath with you know the smell and stain of...



Enough of this seller did end up footing a huge bill of cleaning prior to final closing. So what can the home seller in the Northern Virginia do, to give the home broom clean condition:

1. Have all the carpets and floors vacuumed and mopped. If any oops has happened on carpets or flooring get it cleaned prior to the walk thru.
2. Take all your personal belongings to your new home. 
3. Remove and empty any built in trash containers.
4. Remove all the Debris. You have been cleaning out while packing from the backyard to basement to your garage...out of the home!
5. All counters, appliances and cabinets must be wiped down (no spills or stinky stuff left behind.)
6. Clean the bathrooms. Don't leave the shampoo bottle or piece of soap behind.

Bottom line read the contract if you have forgotten the terms...

Property must be delivered in substantially the same physical condition to be determined as of either the contract date or home inspection date. 

Still your listing agent. As a Northern Virginia Listing agent I will walk thru the home prior to the buyers coming over to ensure we are ready to go for closing!!!!


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Residential real estate agent serving Northern Virginia in Fairfax & Loudoun county over a decade and almost $100+M in sales volume experience. 


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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Even a yukky house looks better when it has been emptied.

Sep 18, 2012 02:07 AM #7
Rosalie Frankel
Dominion Real Estate Partners - Cave Creek, AZ

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone knew what "broom clean" meant?  When we closed on our newly built home, had to tell the builder that the condition he was leaving it in (nails, tools, dirt everywhere) was unacceptable.  Only then did he have it cleaned.  Thanks for the post.

Sep 18, 2012 02:30 AM #8
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

You'd think they leave the house with a little pride!  What has happened to us as a people?

Sep 18, 2012 02:51 AM #9
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Always a good practice to have the tenants who are moving out to steam clean the carpets and try to clean as much as possible before your own cleaning crew gets in there.  

Sep 18, 2012 02:54 AM #10
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

As far as carpets go, I have the carpets cleaned.  A broom (or vacuum) doesn't really do the carpet any good.  You're right about what "broom clean" means to people and personalities.

Sep 18, 2012 03:25 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Ritu it's always an unknown these days how we're going to find homes at the final walk through. With short sales and foreclosures it is sometimes much worse.  Good points!

Sep 18, 2012 04:03 AM #12
Monique Keith
Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with

I know moving can be stressful but please have some pride. Nothing is worse then finding these issues at move-in.

Sep 18, 2012 04:06 AM #13
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

With all the short sales and REOs, I think buyers are more lenient these days as to what "clean" means because the price reflects. But buyers of higher end homes? I'd make it the contract includes "professionally clean" in it.

Sep 18, 2012 04:36 AM #14
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I once wrote into the contract that the house would be "professionally cleaned" because the place was a really mess. 

Sep 18, 2012 07:43 AM #15
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


When we bought our present house there was so much junk left behind we had to rent a dumpster to get rid of it.  We didn't know the seller had to leave the home broom clean. That was before I became a Realtor.

Sep 18, 2012 08:12 AM #16
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

True...It is better to have the house empty of debris...even though it not be spotness.

Sep 18, 2012 10:30 AM #17
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

This detail is so very important and often gets overlooked when sellers are in the rush of moving.  What a great impression they will leave the buyers when they have the place professionally cleaned!

Sep 18, 2012 11:21 AM #18
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Ewwww. I have boys and that is just plain gross. 

Sep 18, 2012 11:42 AM #19
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Looks like that would have taken more than a broom to clean...broom clean doesn't sound very clean to me to tell you the truth.  We don't have that in our contracts..interesting.  Many of us as listing agents however, insist that the seller get a professional cleaning so that there are no issues.  

Sep 18, 2012 12:06 PM #20
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Ritu, I believe, this 'Broom Clean' phrase is outdated - perhaps from ancient day deals when vacuums were not so common in

Sep 18, 2012 02:13 PM #21
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Ritu - Plus, it's just nice to give the new buyers a nice, clean home to move in and start their lives.
Sep 18, 2012 03:51 PM #22
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Ritu - It looks like the idea of a broom clean home differs depending on which side of the transaction you are on. Would this have been acceptable to the sellers if they were the buyer?

Great post, congrats on the feature!

Sep 18, 2012 08:53 PM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Clean has different expectations to folks buying, selling homes. Clutter, dirt, disarray, none help give everyone the warm fuzzy feeling. Fear of catching cooties, fleas never helps the real estate marketing. Even brownie in a can can not over power the smell of cats where the entire home is one big litter box.

Sep 18, 2012 09:24 PM #24
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

The interpretation of the word "clean" NEVER ceases to amaze me....! Great post!!

Sep 18, 2012 10:04 PM #25
Goran Utvic
606 Homes LLC | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656 - Chicago, IL
We Buy & Sell Chicago Houses Fast

It's a common courtesy to at least give the home a good Once Over.



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