How Clean Should My House Be When I Move Out?
September 11, 2020
Home sellers may sometimes be confused as to how clean they should leave the home they have just moved out of. Do you leave any dirt on the floor for the buyer or do you mop and leave it sparkling clean? Most real estate agents are going to recommend cleaning the best you can (and NOT leaving behind ANY personal items for the next people to have to deal with). If you're running short on time and your time is going to be spent moving your belongings from the home, consider hiring a cleaning service to do a move-out vacant home cleaning. Price depends on the size of the home but could range from $100 for a small condo to $350 to a large home. You may be tempted to save that money and do it yourself only to realize that's a much more time consuming task than you have time for. Real estate agents should have a card in their back pocket with a reputable cleaning company that can jump right on it. If you're thinking of cleaning yourself, consider how you would want to move into a new home.
Here are the main items that should be cleaned:
- Floors and baseboards swept, mopped and vacuumed
- Toilets, showers and sinks disinfected and wiped clean
- Inside of windows cleaned
- Any built-in shelves dusted
- Kitchen appliances wiped down, fridge cleaned out, microwave and oven cleaned.
- All bathroom and kitchen cabinets and drawers wiped out
- Garage swept clean