Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Is it against the law to leave your home dirty for the new owners?



Depending upon what state and municipality you live in there may be some laws that require your newly sold home to be in an “acceptable” condition when the new owner takes occupancy. Often the wording in these laws is quite ambiguous but many times it is stipulated that the home be “broom clean”. Not exactly the most specific description to say the least.

Although some states do not have this type of legislation they do require that the home be in essentially the same condition as when the seller(s) first accepted the buyer’s offer. It is usually expected that the seller remove all personal property and debris before the new owner moves in. The purchase contact may also provide some guidance as to what is expected of the seller.

Legalities not withstanding it’s fair to say that the courteous thing to do is to simply clean the home reasonably well so that the new owner(s) can move into their new home without any unpleasant surprises. You would expect the same if you were moving into a new home, right?

Following is a list of some suggestions as to how to prepare the home for the new occupants. Whether a legal requirement or not where you live it’s the right thing to do and remember there’s a good chance that you will need to retrieve some of your future mail or holiday packages from the people that bought your previous home. A little goodwill can go a long way for all parties involved.

Things to do after selling your home:
Remove all personal property.
Vacuum/Sweep the floors.
Clean kitchen appliances, inside the refrigerator and oven, and wipe down counters.
Scour sinks and tubs.
Wipe down interior cabinets and shelves.
Wash tile and vinyl / linoleum flooring.
Properly dispose of toxic chemicals.
Stack items pertaining to the home such as paint cans, roofing materials or extra flooring.

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