When vacating a property by means such as selling a home, moving out as a renter or maybe with a cash for keys agreement you will be responsible to leave the property in Broom Swept Clean Condition. Broom clean also known as “broom-swept” condition is a real-estate term used to describe the condition in which a seller or a renter must leave a home when vacating. Although there is no real definition of the term and is open to interpretation, broom-clean homes are at a minimum free of the previous occupants personal possessions and trash, have been swept and vacuumed and haven’t been vandalized or stripped such as removing fixtures (lights, doors, broken any windows, etc).
Deeper Definition of “Broom Swept Clean Condition”
Leaving a home in broom-clean condition doesn’t require painting the walls or having the premises professionally cleaned, but it requires clean, swept floors and vacuumed carpets. All personal items must be removed from the premises, including rugs, wall decor and furniture — anything that the new owner or the landlord would have to discard.
Even items that a seller may think the new owner would want, such as buckets of paint that match the living room walls or extra stepping stones or bathroom tiles, should be discarded or at least previously communicated and agreed upon leaving. Of course, all trash and debris must be removed.
Since there is no set definition on Broom Swept Clean Condition it may be a bit confusing of what needs to be done when moving out of a home. When questions arise please feel free to contact us directly.
Disclaimer: Your Purchase Contract may include more restrictive terms than what is in this article so please refer to what’s written in any contract and seek out the guidance of your Realtor for more information.