The Cleanest House I've Ever Seen at a Final Walk Through

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The Cleanest House I've Ever Seen at a Final Walk-Through


Last week was a pleasant surprise. I took buyers through a final walk-through inspection of a gorgeous waterfront home in Bayfield, Wisconsin.


Over the years, I've seen a lot of homes at the final walk-through that were anything but clean. The language in our Residential Offer to Purchase specifies that the seller shall have the property "broom swept" clean at the time of closing. 


My buyers were astonished to find the house had been meticulously cleaned by the departing sellers. There wasn't a speck of dust visible anywhere. Among other things, the windows had been washed, floors polished, cabinets cleaned out, and kitchen appliances were spotless inside and out. 


In the past, I've seen some sold homes that were left almost filthy by the seller at the time of closing, with soiled carpeting, uncleaned appliances, un-vacuumed floors and grimy windows. This home was a welcome surprise.


The sellers were clearly proud of their home and they chose to display that pride by doing a superb job of leaving that home in immaculate condition for the next owners.




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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

that is such a gift to the buyers when the sellers step up like that  I am sure it was A great closing

Apr 30, 2016 11:05 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good mornign, Eric Kodner it amazes me that people will actually pass on their "dirt" to the next buyer...whenever I sold a home that I lived in, I made sure the home was professionally cleaned for the day of closing.....I was always out one week before closing so that everything could be spotless and last minute touchups done....

Apr 30, 2016 11:06 PM #2
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Eric, it must have been a pleasurable final walk through.  Some people take pride in their homes until the last minute and wouldn't have it any other way.

Apr 30, 2016 11:10 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

 We often have Sellers who care enough to have their homes professionally cleaned after they leave.  The last one last week however had a franchise service for our buyers that they had never used...and it looked like never cleaned..yicks !

Apr 30, 2016 11:17 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That would be wonderful for the buyers!

Apr 30, 2016 11:21 PM #5
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My wife has set the "clean" bar so high that anything less is dirty literally

Apr 30, 2016 11:47 PM #6
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Eric Kodner Makes me wish all sellers would take that much pride in their property and respect for others. Bet the buyers appreciated this.

May 01, 2016 12:01 AM #7
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Eric, isn't that wonderful! I have had a few sellers who hired a cleaning crew to come in after they moved and it was such a surprise to the buyer. Just the other day I reminded my seller to make sure the house was not only clean, but empty. No paint cans, no nothing. If the buyers haven't asked for it, it doesn't stay. They were surprised because they had been left paint when they purchased it. And it is still there!!!!!

May 01, 2016 12:14 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have been through a few and it is definitely appreciated when the Seller takes the time to deliver the home to a new buyer in such a great condition.

May 01, 2016 12:31 AM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I LOVE when that happens Eric Kodner . Congrats on breaking the 500,000 barrier.

May 01, 2016 12:46 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Eric... I always ask my sellers to leave their home in the same condition they want in their new home. And I must admit that overall I see more clean homes at walk-thru than not so clean. It doesn't take much to leave behind a clean home... when I sell my own, a professional crew is there during the closing to spit polish it for the new homeowners. 

By the way, when I suspect a home might be left less than immaculate for my buyers based on condition when we see it, I write into the contract that home and carpets to be professionally cleaned prior to closing. No one has ever refused.

May 01, 2016 01:18 AM #11
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

And congratulations on surpassing the 500,000 point level... how great to get to free account status. Now on to becoming a millionaire, Eric.

May 01, 2016 01:25 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a positive story to share. Many home sellers fail on their house cleaning.

Have an outstanding week and a most productive May!


May 01, 2016 01:48 AM #13
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Eric. Every home we flip is professional cleaned and we leave a gift certificate for the buyers to used once they have moved in. Just as a little extra bonus.

May 01, 2016 01:50 AM #14
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Leaving a clean home for the new owners is an extension of the sellers character.  As such we see homes left in all different conditions.  Mark

May 01, 2016 03:57 AM #15
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Eric -- Last year I schooled my seller as usual in what is expected at the walkthrough. Clean and everything gone unless the buyer agreed to having something left. Well, I walked through myself as I always do a day in advance and it was a mess! Had to scramble to get it cleaned up.  On the buy side, it is SO nice and appreciated when the home is spic and span.

May 03, 2016 07:55 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a refreshing walk-through that must have been. I have had plenty of disappointments when the buyers move in, but a few that were truly wonderful surprises. One seller had the home professionally cleaned, rugs shampooed, and windows cleaned.

Have a great weekend!


May 06, 2016 06:07 AM #17
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