How clean does your house need to be when you sell it?

Moving out? How clean does your house need to be when you sell it?

Let’s be honest, moving can be stressful!

If you’ve sold your home, you’re likely currently feeling a lot of those good endorphins and heavy doses of relief.

The last thing you want to worry about is the cleaning.

But, the cleanliness of your home plays a vital role in the selling process, as sellers have a level of responsibility to ensure their home is clean.

But exactly how clean does your house need to be when you sell it?

At Merry Maids, we know clean.

This blog from our trusted experts has all the answers to your burning questions.


Do you have any legal obligations?

You may feel that leaving your home in good condition for the new buyers is plain good manners – and rightly so!

Beyond this, sellers do have certain legal obligations to fulfil.

However, this usually doesn’t involve the property’s cleanliness but its contents.

In the UK, this is known as ‘vacant possession’ and means completely emptying the property of belongings, including ‘appendages’ like sheds, gardens and garages.

You can leave some items behind, but only if you have agreed before the exchange of contracts.

Any items not laid out in this manner must be removed.

Buyers are entitled to arrange for the removal of any unspecified items and claim the costs of removal from the sellers.

Often, purchasing contracts stipulate leaving the home in a similar condition to its purchase or being left ‘broom clean’.

The latter can usually be taken literally, meaning sweeping the house and its walls and windows.

But this is not a guarantee.

Your home may be subject to different specifications as laid out in your contract.

Therefore, in many cases, it’s better to be clean and safe than sorry.


Where in my house should I clean before selling?

Generally, before you sell your home, you should:

  • Wipe surfaces, skirting boards and cupboards
  • Hoover throughout the house
  • Clean bathrooms, including bathtubs, sinks and toilets
  • Clean windows in the home, sheds and garages
  • Sweep and wipe down the insides of garages and sheds
  • Clean the inside of your fridge and oven and other kitchen appliances you’re leaving behind

Should you hire a professional cleaner?

With a lot to think about beyond cleaning when you’re selling, like filling in holes left from wall hangings, there are many reasons to call in the cleaning professionals.

Outside of legal obligations and doing right by the buyers, cleaning your home may also be an emotional process for you as a seller.

Homes are highly emotionally charged.

They’re often filled with memories and attachments that can make saying goodbye to and the process of clearing away their contents a heavy task.

At Merry Maids, not only will we clean professionally and to the highest standard, but we will do so compassionately.

Whatever your needs, emotional or practical, our cleaning experts can be on hand to help you prepare your home for sale.

No matter what stage of selling you are at, whether you’re downsizing, selling, or preparing for a viewing, we’re here to help.

With over 30 years as leaders in home cleaning worldwide, we know how to deliver the results buyers and agents expect and will work tirelessly to ensure your home looks its best.

Our experience also means we are well-versed in working with sellers and can collaborate with you to manage the budgets and specifications that you need.

We can also be flexible around your calendar to clean the home on the day you move out.


Need a cleaner for a home sale?

Whatever stage of selling you’re at, a professional cleaner may be able to ensure your home is clean, presentable, and adheres to agency standards.

To see how we can help you, find your nearest Merry Maids business for a free, no-obligation quote on our services or book online today.