Do you have to clean a house when you sell it UK?

Selling a house can present itself with an onslaught of tasks, so it’s understandable that you would want to do the bare minimum and not create more work for yourself. The ideal situation, of course, would be to find a buyer, sign the paper work and move out. However, as a seller, one of your main priorities ought to be the buyer’s satisfaction; as having a happy buyer will ensure that the sale process runs smoothly without any obstacles along the way. To avoid such obstacles, it’s best to put yourself in the buyers’ shoes and leave the house as you’d expect it if it were you moving in the property.

The facts:

According to Citizen’s Advice bureau, you as a seller are under no legal obligation to sell your house off in a clean state. However, you are required to remove your personal possessions and furniture, unless of course otherwise specified with the buyer. Whether you have reached the stage of having completed the sale or are merely pondering the tasks involved in selling a house, factors such as furnishing is a topic that is discussed prior to the signing of contracts. Often, you as a seller or your estate agent will advertise the property and will highlight the amenities included in the price. So, if your property is advertised as being furnished or unfurnished, you should ensure to keep up your side of the deal and adhere to the statements. For example, if you have listed a washing machine as one of your features, then this is an appliance you would leave behind. Fixtures in the house such as built-in wardrobes and fridges are often things that would remain in the house of course. However, as mentioned earlier, you want to keep the buyer satisfied so it is important to do your due-diligence and make sure the house is presentable as this will work in your favour.

It’s simple really.

All in all, when selling a house, viewings often occur in order for potential buyers to inspect the house. Whether you are living in the house or not, at the time of the viewings, your main goal should be to entice the viewers and make them feel that it’s the right house for them. In order to do so, the cleanliness of the house will play a big roll. For viewings, it is advisable to make the house look the best it can be, this involves, but is not limited to:

  1. Having the floors vacuumed and mopped
  2. The surfaces, such as kitchen counters and tables should be dirt free
  3. Make sure to declutter the house as much as possible (Yes, unfortunately, that means finally sifting through the pile of half open letters by your front door and putting them away)

Understandably, when it comes to moving day, moving your possessions and furniture usually requires a lot of effort and can be tiresome. However, if you maintain the house in the way you would for a viewing, it will most definitely benefit you as you’ll have less cleaning to do before moving out. Upon moving day, just make sure to clear out things such as the fridge and any draws or cupboards. Also, it’s always best to give a quick once-over with some cleaning products out of respect for the buyer.

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