Long Island Home Seller Asks: How Much Do I Have To Clean Before Moving Out?

Real Estate Agent with The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

How Much Cleaning Of Our North Shore Long Island House Must We Do Before Moving Out?

This is a great question.

We see houses being left in all kinds of condition. We see homes that have been scrubbed for the new owners, ones that are broom swept, and those with trash left behind.
Most of the time, sellers leave the house in pretty good condition. They clean the kitchen and baths, vacuum the floors, clean the counter tops and mop the floors.
Many even have a cleaning crew completely clean the house for the new owners, but sometimes it's not as clean as it should be.
Recently we went on a walk-through and found the house with:
  • Trash every where
  • Food on the counters, in the cabinets and the refrigerator and freezer full
  • The electric was turned off so the food was starting to rot
  • The cabinets were not cleaned out
  • Closets were full of dirty clothes on the floor
  • Old broken appliances were left all over
  • The garage was a total mess
So home sellers keep this in mind, leave your house to the new buyers just the way you would like to find your new one ~ It's really the right thing to do!

This Long Island Real EstateHome Seller Tip is courtesy of Lawrence And Sheila Agranoff Cell: 631-805-4400, helping Buyers and Sellers on The North Shore of Long Island

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I never understood how some sellers could leave their homes in the condition they do for the next owner.... when I was active and listing resales, I would have a cleaning girl ready to go in and clean the kitchen and bathrooms before closing if the seller did a poor job..... a happy buyer becomes your next seller, even if the buyer was with a buyer's agent....

Jan 10, 2019 04:20 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I recommend the use of a professional cleaning service. 

However, some home sellers are sloppy and home buyers are the ones that need to use the cleaning service.

Jan 10, 2019 04:24 AM #2
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

"So home sellers keep this in mind, leave your house to the new buyers just the way you would like to find your new one ~ It's really the right thing to do!"
Thank you - 

Jan 10, 2019 04:43 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Sheila and Larry - a good question and one that is commonly asked.  How would YOU like to find your new home? The answer is pretty simple. 

Jan 10, 2019 05:32 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, sometimes, I wonder how people can live the way they do. Cleaning doesn't mean hiding the "stuff" in the closets. Using a professional cleaning service is the smart thing to do. 

Jan 10, 2019 05:34 AM #5
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I hope home sellers will read your post and take your advice.

Jan 10, 2019 05:50 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Larry and Sheila.  Most of our sellers do a really good job in cleaning their homes prior to the transfer, but we do get the occasional ones like you just had.  Typically, we hold back some funds at closing to pay for a cleaning service.

Jan 10, 2019 06:35 AM #7
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that is very disrespectful for a seller to leave a dirty home to a new owner, but I am sure that karma will come back upon them.

Jan 10, 2019 07:06 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I absolutely agree. It's astonishing how some sellers leave their homes, Sheila! Then again, some buyers, who have hired professional cleaning crews wind up cancelling them when they find that sellers have left their homes in mint condition. Those are the ones I always hope to step into!

Jan 10, 2019 07:10 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Lousy thing to do. It even states in our contract that the home and yard have to be in similar condition as to the first time the buyer saw the property. I know it doesn't necessarily matter to some people though.  Fortunately, we generally see very conscientious sellers who leave homes in wonderful shape. 

Jan 10, 2019 08:59 AM #10
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Our contract say house must be broom clean and free of debris 

Jan 11, 2019 02:01 PM #11
Ellie Penaranda
239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co

At least the kitchen and baths should be spotless.  

Jan 14, 2019 04:14 PM #12
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