Once you have sold your home and loaded all your belongings onto the moving truck, you might feel that you are done with your old home, but common courtesy and local real estate contracts typically dictate that you leave your old home “broom” or “vacuum” clean for the new owners.

Many homeowners choose to hire a professional cleaning service to take care of the post-move cleaning due to the fact that they already have enough on their proverbial plate, but if you choose to take on the task of preparing your home for its new owners, here’s an easy checklist to follow before locking the doors for the last time.

Clean Any Appliances That Will Remain with the Home

If the stove, refrigerator and any other appliances will stay with the home, they must be emptied and should be cleaned. Make sure to remove all items from the refrigerator, defrost the freezer and wipe down all the shelving. As for the stove, remove the heating elements along the range and clean the drip pans thoroughly as well as the interior of the oven.

Scrub and Wipe Down All Surfaces in the Kitchen

Break out the cleaning supplies and go to work on the countertops, sinks and cabinets. This might seem arduous, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to clean a kitchen when there are no utensils, pots and pans or cutting boards in the way.

Clean the Bathrooms Thoroughly

Once you have removed everything from your bathrooms, clean them thoroughly. Like the kitchen, this is remarkably easy once bathrooms are empty.

Dust Everything

Dust any fixtures and blinds that will remain with the home. Don’t forget to run a cloth along the wainscot and baseboards.

Wash the Walls

If you notice any stains along the walls – some that may have been hiding behind furniture – clean them to the best of your ability.  A Magic Eraser that can be purchased at the grocery store does absolute wonders.  Also a multi-surface cleaner and a few paper towels should satisfy the requirements of this common courtesy.

Clean the Floors

Here’s where the terms “broom” and “vacuum” clean originates. The last thing you do before walking out of your old home is to clean the floors. Sweep and mop any hard surfaces and vacuum any carpets.

There’s no law or rule regarding how clean you should leave your home for its new owners and it is more than understandable if you do not want to spend too much time cleaning something that is no longer yours, but if you expect your new home to be clean when you begin the move-in process, you should extend the same courtesy to the new owners of your home. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to help you begin the process of selling your home and/or finding a new one.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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