Selling your metro Detroit home – what does broom clean mean?

When you sell your metro Detroit home almost all purchase contracts say that the home must be broom clean?  What does broom clean mean?  It does not mean that the rugs have to be shampooed or the windows washed.  It would be nice if you ran a vacuum over the carpet and cleaned up anything that is very dusty.  What broom clean means:

  • No leftover paint cans
  • No bags of garbage left in the garage
  • No scrap wood that you saved for years left in the garage
  • No bags of clothing left for donation
  • No half used bags of concrete in the shed
  • No broken bird baths in the yard
  • Nothing left in the attic
  • No broken or old tools left
  • Cabinets cleaned out
Clutter in the home

Clutter in the home

That is what broom clean means.  Nothing in your home.  When selling your Metro Detroit home you do not want problems when you go to the closing table.  Everything you own whether you want it or not has to be out of the house.  It is not up to the new buyer to clean up your mess.  It is your problem.  Do not think you are going to get away with it either.  I have had closings put off because of trash left in the house.  I have had buyers demand that $2000 be escrowed so the seller would come back and clean up the house.

You do not need that aggravation at the end.  Start donating today and throw away stuff you are not going to take with you.  Do not wait until the last minute.  I hope this Metro Detroit home selling tip helps you prepare and understand what does broom clean mean?  Selling your Metro Detroit home can be stressful if you do not have an experience Michigan realtor to help guide you through the process.  Give me a call on my cell phone to get started (248) 310-6239.  Or email me at  Here are four more Metro Detroit home selling tips.  It does not matter what city you live in these tips may pertain to your home.  Milford MI home selling tip- eliminating odors  and  6 Northville house selling tips.  Some home buyers do not believe it is important to prepare your home for sale, but they are so wrong.  They are just throwing money out the window.  Here are the other two tips to selling your Metro Detroit home.   8 pre listing steps to sell your home and Orchard Lake home selling tips

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