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

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

This is a great question.

Being Realtors on The North Shore Of Long Island, 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, they vacuum the floors, they clean the counter tops and mop the floors.
Many even have their maid or 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 all around
  • 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
Maybe the TV Show "PICKERS" would have found something of value, but to our clients and us, it was all just trash!
So 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 Estate Market Tip is courtesy of Larry And Sheila Realtors with Charles Rutenberg Realty 631-805-4400 helping Buyers and Sellers on The North Shore Of Long Island.

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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Larry and Sheila:

Not only is it the right thing to do, but the contract calls for the home to be left in clean condition with no debris.

July 28, 2012 08:57 PM
Michelle Cooks
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Funny doing the right thing needs to be in a contract. I am amazed at the moral decay and just good manners that have been lost.

July 28, 2012 09:30 PM
Tammie White
TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or

A client recently had her cleaning lady do a final cleaning after she moved. I didn't think it was necessary but the buyer was impressed at the appearance of the home during the final walk-through that I am going to suggest all my sellers do the same.

July 28, 2012 11:01 PM
Lloyd Binen
Silicon Valley R since 1976;408-565-8177
Certified Realty Services

Larry and Sheila, that's too bad.  Sort of leaves a bad taste in the buyer's mouth to end the transaction.  Not a good way to end a transaction. 

The trend out here is for sellers to hire professional cleaners to clean the house after the seller vacates. 

July 28, 2012 11:28 PM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Larry and Sheila - A home should be left clean for the new owners.  Unfortunately this is not always the case, especially in short sales and foreclosures.

July 28, 2012 11:30 PM

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