In What Condition Should We Leave the House?

Real Estate Agent with myVAteam

Hey John,

We’re giving up the keys on the house in a couple of days, and I want to know how clean the house needs to be. It’ll be vacuumed and wiped down. But how far do we take it?

- Do we need to steam the carpets? 

- Should I be filling and painting the walls where we had pictures hanging? 

- What about the marks at the top of the stairs from the baby gate?

Thanks for your input here. 

- Ryan G.


Hi Ryan! 

You’re a perfectionist, so the buyers will likely be happy with most anything that YOU do for them. I have no doubt that you’ll be leaving a spotless home for them.

As a general rule, leave the house in the condition that you’d want to receive it in.

Remember that this is likely their very first home, so it’s going to be an exciting experience for them. You have the opportunity here to reinforce that happiness for them, or ruin the experience completely. I’ve sold homes that were spotless on possession and homes that were disgusting on possession. Trust me when I say that the condition of the home on possession day leaves a lasting impression for years to come. 

Make them happy. 

- John Carle

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