Oh, just leave it.

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

When sellers sell their home, they pack up and leave right? Not always or exactly. I have seen sellers leave their homes in terrible shape. One client left their home absolutely filthy. Almost wrecked the closing because of it.

Others, leave all sorts of things. Old tires, barbecue grills, loads of old paint, you name it, it gets left. So, what should a seller do when preparing to leave?

The contract calls for a broom swept home. In essence, leave the home in decent shape. It does not have to be professionally cleaned, unless your contract calls for that, but I would suggest leaving the home as you would like to see it if you were moving in.

Personally, I have deep cleaned my homes as I leave them, going so far as to spray the house with bug spray and clean the carpets so that the home is ready and inviting for the next owner. I think its the least I should do. Be nice to the new owners. Leave your home in good shape.

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Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


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I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.


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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

there are always a few that just won't do the right thing. I always check the home a day or two before closing to make sure it is in great shape. Never have I had a closing because of this.

Apr 08, 2020 06:05 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - although I have seen/heard of some unfortunate discoveries made by a new homeowner upon entering their newly closed property, the truth for me is that such occurrences are rare.  Of course, this means that proper remedy becomes a part of the discussion.  Yes, at times - it can be far from pretty.  

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