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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We have a clause that says in should remain in the same condition as contract date, with ordinary wear & tear.    If the home is a mess, I do ask for the property to be professionally cleaned, especially if I have CLEAN buyers.  

Feb 22, 2015 08:20 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

We do not have that clause, as yet, Jeff.  However, when giving cash to homeowners to leave premises on bank-owneds that is a specification.

Feb 22, 2015 08:14 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Broom clean is the term we use.

Nov 04, 2019 11:24 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, broom clean.

Feb 13, 2018 05:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's quite a mix of practices and stipulations. I've had buyers ask - don't the sellers have to have the place cleaned? The answer is no, they don't. Yes, as a courtesy (and many do a great job) but not required. I have only had a couple instances where it was a stipulaton in the contract, and in one case it was countered out.

Feb 23, 2015 11:32 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Depending on condition, have rugs shampooed and everything clean is written into all my contracts.

Feb 23, 2015 01:07 AM
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

Standard state assn contract in a nutshell, condition maintained by seller and vroom clean at closing.

Feb 22, 2015 09:18 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have had buyers request professional cleaning on my listings but have had sellers who do not agree to it because there will not be time . Sellers  always agree to have it broom clean.

Feb 22, 2015 08:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Beyond saying house has to be delivered in as good or better condition as when offer is made, our contract is silent as to cleanliness of home. I make it a habit to write in a condition for my buyers that a home be professionally cleaned prior to closing and carpets steam cleaned. I've never had a seller say no.

Feb 22, 2015 08:18 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Yes...ours says "broom Swept".....and we do have some clients that request cleaning be done and other sellers who just do it on their own.

Feb 22, 2015 07:42 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Most usually as-is sale.  Broom clean is where the property owner is moving out.  Professional cleaning not usually.

Feb 22, 2015 07:21 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

We usually expect a clean rental property, but I wish we had a default clause in the purchase contract to leave a clean property for buyers. 

Feb 22, 2015 03:53 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

We don't have that clause on our forms, but I do include stipulations on how clean to expect it.  If the house is a mess when we look at it, I assume it will be a bigger mess when we close if I don't specify otherwise.

Feb 22, 2015 03:53 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No, I was never asked about professional cleaning and sellers almost never clean after themselves. Sometimes, when I know that the buyers must move in quick and have small kids, I bring the cleaners as a gift.

Feb 22, 2015 03:51 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good question!  I've lived in 4 states and this is the first one that I've run across where that isn't expected.  I always encourage my sellers and may even assist if necessary to make sure homes are clean.  Nothing like buying a dirty home!

Feb 22, 2015 12:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Yes in Tennessee contracts say broom clean and free of debris. But many agents write in professional cleaning on top of this and steam cleaning of carpets too. Experience has taught us that sellers don't always know what broom clean means.

When I moved I scrubbed everything including windows and had a professional cleaner clean too. I wanted it move in ready and it was. That's the way I would want it if I were buying.

Feb 22, 2015 12:42 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS our standard purchase & Sale agreement has a 'broom-clean' clause included - however, I recommend my sellers to get it cleaned professionally - and most of the times, buyers do get it cleaned professionally, too.

Feb 22, 2015 11:44 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No to both of your question, however it does say all items have to be removed prior to closing.

Feb 22, 2015 10:01 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't seen any offers where the buyers ask for the home to be professionally cleaned. Now I have seen this with the carpets. 

Feb 22, 2015 10:01 AM