Published on January 31, 2019

What is Broom Clean?

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There are multiple issues to consider when it comes to preparing your house for your Melbourne, FL move. For instance, if you are a renter you have to make sure that the home you are leaving is in a condition that complies with the rental agreement. This may mean hiring a cleaning crew to make every crevice and corner sparkle. You may have to fix a few items and may even have to spruce up the paint job…if you want your deposit back. Renters have a duty to adhere to the requirements set forth in their lease. If not, they could suffer huge consequences. This is all on top of packing up their own belongings. If you are a homeowner, you will need to make sure that your home is left in move-in condition for the new owners. Yes, even homeowners need to leave their property ready for the buyer. Many states require sellers to leave their homes in a “broom clean” state. So, what does this even mean? Let’s dive deeper into this topic.

We are speaking specifically to homeowners with this post because renters, as previously stated, will have to adhere to their rental contracts to know what condition to leave their residences in to satisfy their landlords. Owning a home, and moving out of it, can be different. Here’s the tricky part: terms like broom clean and broom swept do not really have an exact definition leaving them open for interpretation. What is acceptably clean to one person may vary widely from someone else. One person’s clean can mean bleached counters and tubs while a neighbor may consider a simple wipe down sufficient. In order to protect yourself, be sure to look at the purchase contract and determine whether or not you are contractually obligated to leave your home in a specific state. When in doubt, leave your home in the condition it was when it was purchassed.

Many sellers are not contractually obligated to leave their homes in a specific condition, but they still want to leave their homes in a decent condition for the new owners. It’s always best to be nice when you can, right? While there are no hard and fast rules about what is considered broom clean, there are guidelines that homeowners can follow. So, what does this look like? For starters, all belongings must be out of the home. Next, a simple sweep and/or vacuum of the floors will do. You do not have to mop and scour everything unless you just want to. Make sure all food is out of the fridge and freezer and tidy up in the garage. Essentially, leave things the way you would want them if you were in the buyers’ shoes.

Common courtesy will go a long way even if it takes a few extra minutes to accomplish. Check your contract to see what standards you need to fulfill and if you just aren’t up for the task, you can always call in a professional cleaning crew. While we can’t clean for you, we can assist you with all of your Melbourne, FL moving needs. From start to finish and everything in between, we have you covered her at A Mother’s Touch Movers. Our first-rate moving company serves Melbourne, Merritt Island, Palm Bay, and Viera. Contact our office today.

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