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Broom Clean And Then Some


Broom Clean And Then Some



How a house is left after settlement says

a lot about the seller.


Our Maryland  Residential Contract Of Sale.. states in paragraph 21:

 'CONDITION OF PROPERTY AND POSSESSION: At settlement, Seller shall deliver possession of the Property and shall deliver the Property vacant, clear of trash and debris, broom clean and in substantially the same condition as existed on the Date of Contract Acceptance.'



Broom clean Margaret Rome 410-530-2400


Today's settlement went smooth as glass...starting with a final walk through yesterday, with the buyer.

The house was sparkling... the wood floors polished the kitchen and baths immaculate.

It was such a delight to walk into this buyer's new home and feel so welcome. Every inch was more than broom clean it was new home squeaky clean.  Windows, refrigerator, closets, basement, laundry and garage all in beautiful condition.

My buyer who is also a future seller of her present home, stated that she wants to leave her home in this same pristine condition.

The sellers had cleared the house and hired a cleaning service.


No, it does not say that in our contract but it SHOULD !


The settlement was a breeze. The buyer and I both complimented the listing agent, the seller and the daughter in law on the condition and we expressed our appreciation.

How a house is left after settlement says a lot about the seller.


Broom Clean And Then Some



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Comment balloon 43 commentsMargaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 • December 03 2015 12:51PM


Hiring a cleaning service is an excellent idea, and so appreciated by the new home owner.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Evelyn Johnston It should be mandatory. It makes  lasting impression on the entire transaction. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

     Most Sellers leave the place "broom clean" per the Contract.   But to hire a cleaning service?  What a class act!

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Fred Griffin Broom clean is just not good enough. We, as listing agents, should be encouraging/insisting  on professional cleaning if seller is not willing or able to do it.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Thanks Margaret, it is nice to hear about these sellers who went beyond the contract and showed how good they could be.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

Bob Crane It is just the right thing to do! We need to encourage this all the time. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

 Good Friday morning Margaret. It is nice to hear about folks who go above and beyond. Most don't.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

That was a wonderful "above and beyond" effort by the seller. It's important for sellers to remember they don't have to do the cleaning themselves! Hiring a cleaning company can be the better way to go.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland It's always nice to see homes left like this.  I love your collage!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

When I leave a place, it is ALWAYS cleaner than when I moved into it.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Good morning Margaret. Like Roger, the place is always cleaner when I am selling! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Good morning Margaret. I always believe you leave like you live but hiring a professional company to clean is a very good thing.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Margaret this is the best way to pass on ones home to the next family - immaculate and full of pride of ownership!


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Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart International) over 4 years ago

It's nice when the seller hires a cleaning service, instead of doin it slap-dash, last-minute as they rush out of the house... when they're exhausted.

oddly enough, I've found that it's those instances when the seller has hired a cleaning service, and left the house pristine... the buyer is also a neat-freak, and hires a cleaning service to do it again, as they move in.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) over 4 years ago

Oh, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland if they could all be so courteous.  I have paid for cleaning and also scrubbed a few floors for the benefit of both sides. The issue with the term broom swept is that it doesn't mean clean. Thankfully, most sellers do take pride in how they deliver their property.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 4 years ago

I couldn't agree more.  I don't have a buyer yet for my newly vacant listing but I'm heading over there today to clean the house.  The sellers who moved out a couple of days ago thought all the garbage and feet of dog hair left behind was an acceptable condition.  

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 4 years ago

I have had some that went the other way.  Can't believe that some folks will leave a home in such condition.  Trash, junk and crap lying all over the place.  Shameful, but happens across our country daily,

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) over 4 years ago

This is so important!  It's just not right to leave the new owners with a less than sparkling new home!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago

Get out the white gloves. Have had sellers dry clean drapes that did not need it and go over the top which does help roll out the red VIP carpet to get to a closing quicker. A strong partnership between seller and agent, broker is a beautiful thing in the list, market, sell (repeat).

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 4 years ago

That is a nice touch the sellers went beyond broom clean. It's rare individual sellers hire a professional cleaning team after moving out. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 4 years ago

I am amazed at the growing lack of concern that Sellers seem to have nowdays in regards to leaving their home in reasonable condition for the incoming Buyers. Here in WA State, part of our standard contract requires that the Sellers property be in the same condition on closing as it was when the Buyers first walked thru. Certainly, final walk-thrus can help minimize the potential for poor conditions after closing, but still, many Sellers simply don't care. Which leaves us on the hook for hiring cleaning services, or pitching in to help our Buyers with broom in hand!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 4 years ago

Truly a class act! Glad to hear the seller's transferred homeownership with pride to the new buyers.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 4 years ago

What a lovely gesture by the seller. That is so rare, but you know how much pride they had in their home.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland It's nice to have a client like these. This is rare. I've seen some where the sellers misread the word broom for a rake.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 4 years ago

Pride in ownership is something that seems to not be regarded as highly as it once was. The comments here are reflective of that as well. Thanks for the reminder that we need to be purposeful and set expectations with our sellers as to the condition and cleanliness of the house when they move out.

Posted by Karen Sewell, Real Estate expert the in NE suburbs of St Paul MN (Keller Williams Premier Realty) over 4 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland a representation from a right agent also a key - how sellers leave the home - Broom Clean and then some!

It's who is 'behind the scene' that I right, my friend?

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 4 years ago

It is always a pleasant surprise when sellers have the house professionally cleaned when not required to do so. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Absolute truth Margaret!!! Thanks for sharing


How a house is left after settlement says

a lot about the seller.

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 4 years ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

I agree with you "how a home is left says a lot about the seller" but want to add and the agent! I coach my sellers from the time I take the listing, through the contract process and at the end how important it is to leave the house clean and sparkling for the buyer! When you pass the keys after closing to a more than satisfied buyer and you exceed their expectation..the buyer does notice and often will pay it forward:). One thing for sure they tell everyone they know and it reflects on us as agents.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 4 years ago

Yes, it should be in contract. Sellers seem to have different levels of caring and understanding what " broom cleaned" should mean.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 4 years ago

The word CLEAN can be subjective as we all know. Broom clean narrows it down to what a broom can or cannot do. Eat off the floor clean is another.

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

I completely agree Margaret. Our contract only states broom swept condition but I'd say about half the time a sellers definition and a buyers definition are way different!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

Great post!  It's easy to forget the impression we leave behind us as we move on to "what's next".  Leaving a home that is clean, welcoming, and shows pride of ownership is the right way to do it!  

Posted by Ross Schueller, Property Pedaler and Realtor in Grand Rapids, MI over 4 years ago

Ross Schueller Welcome to ActiveRain. Enjoyed your video post and looking forward to more.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Great post. I find most sellers do clean their homes better than 'broom' clean.  During our Short sale boom that was not the case but today it is.

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) over 4 years ago

Shirley Coomer So glad to hear that and thanks for stopping by.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I would be mortified to leave a house in anything but sparkling clean condition for the new buyers (at the very least, they might mention it to the neighbors if you didn't, LOL!).  Good reminder here Margaret for sellers to take care of this important "final item" before closing. 


Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 4 years ago

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging  Oh if only more people had your conscience. LOL...the neighbors might talk. Now there is a good reason to leave the house spotless. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I expect your buyer, soon to be seller, will do the same and hopefully be acknowledged for their actions Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland .   Maybe they can start a new Baltimore tradition of passing it forward.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 4 years ago

Depending on the buyer and seller's home condition, I'll ask for a professional cleaning prior to occupancy. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner You are such a true professional. I would expect nothing less.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

I really appreciate sellers who take the extra steps to make their homes move-in ready. Buyers are under enough stress with moving, unpacking, turning on utilities, and scheduling appliance deliveries without having to scrub away whatever the seller left behind. Good karma all around!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 4 years ago

John Novak Thanks for stopping by. We all look good when the house sparkles!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago