Charlotte Home Seller Q&A - Home Seller Q&A - How Clean Does My Home Need to be on Closing Day?
For home buyers, taking that final walk-through is a highly anticipated event. Think about it - buyers have been packing to move into their new home, working through the many hurdles they face obtaining a mortgage loan and scheduled time off, deliveries, utilities... - everything that home buyers work tirelessly towards purchasing your home.
Imagine how you would feel, walking into a home that is ALMOST emptied...well, except for the trash and the miserable feeling that the home appears to have not been cleaned for several months. Imagine feeling that you need to wear gloves to touch anything in the bathrooms or kitchen. It's not a good feeling; it's deflating and simply heart-breaking!
Our North Carolina Contract states that home Sellers will leave their home in 'the same or better condition at Closing as on the date of [this] Offer, reasonable wear and tear expected.' Yes, the phrase can be very contentious, as ones opinion of 'reasonable' is highly subjective and lately, many Buyers find their new homes in desperate need of deep-cleaning by a cleaning professional upon their final walk-through.
Q: When you walk out the door of your home for the last time, how should you leave your home for the new buyer?
The ONLY answer sellers really need when they ask is...
A: Leave your home in the exact same condition that you would like to find it, if YOU were moving in!
That said, all sellers do not interpret that statement the same so, we provide a list to follow that will save heartache and possibly, delay of Closing. If the buyers find your home completely unacceptable in the cleanliness department, they may opt not to Close if the home is not as per their interpretation of the Contract.
Here's a detailed to-do list before moving out:
- Clean all bathrooms including mirrors, toilets, drawers, cabinets, sinks, glass, tubs, showers and floors.
In the kitchen:
- Thoroughly clean the refrigerator and leave a box of baking soda in the fridge.
- Empty the ice from the ice maker and turn off the ice maker (in the event the tubing leaks between the time you leave the home and the time the buyer moves in).
- Clean the oven and all stove top burners, burner covers or grates
- Clean all cabinets and drawers.
- Clean counter tops
- Clean floors
- Remove all debris from the entire house and try to accomplish the clean-out before trash day so that you can dispose of all items, leaving an empty trash can for your new Buyers.
- Clean all closets thoroughly
- Clean all ceiling fans, trim and windows.
- Clean the laundry area of all lint and trash, mopping the area well
- Vaccum all carpeted areas and or mop all hardwoods, tile or linoleum areas.
- Leave all extra keys and garage door openers on the kitchen counter.
- Leave all instruction manuals and warranty information on the kitchen counter.
If you want to go the extra mile...making your home Buyer realize their dream-come-true, here are a few ideas from which to choose!
- Leave a vase of fresh-cut flowers on the kitchen counter or island
- Write a thoughtful 'welcome' card for your Buyers, telling them about the wonderful neighbors, your favorite things about the home or a simple 'welcome' will do just fine!
- Leave a tub of ice cream and disposable spoons in the freezer for your new buyers.
- Leave a package of bottled water in the refrigerator.
- Leave a bottle of bubbly and disposable glasses in the refrigerator.
- Leave a list of babysitters, neighborhood lawn service, trash service or your favorite vendors who have experience doing work on your home.
- Leave the name/contact information of the neighborhood HOA president so that the Buyers can notify them to get on their email notification list.
Imagine being the buyer WOWED by a Seller who left the vase of flowers, Ben & Jerry's ice cream (complete with disposable spoon), champagne and disposable glassware, bottled water and a beautiful welcome card. What a wonderful experience for yours or any buyer!
Now, THIS is the way to be a home Seller - Charlotte Home Seller Q&A - How Clean Does My Home Need to be on Closing Day?
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