Yesterday I posted an article about seller cleaning. Today the goal is to provide a basic checklist that will help the seller fulfill their part of the contract and also provide a satisfying move in experience for the buyers as well.
Even though most know about when they need to be packed up and moved out, there is the added part of cleaning. Many do well cleaning to leave thier home, some are in a rush and don’t put alot of effort into it and other’s as mentioned yesterday just have a different version of clean.
Here is a checklist you should plan on doing for your move out day (some items can be done as you pack):
- Wipe down cabinets on the outside and clean the shelving off on the inside
- Self Clean the oven inside and clean off the outside
- Clean inside and out of the microwave
- Clean the inside and outside of the refrigerator and freezer
- Sweep and mop all floors
- Vacuum all carpets
- dump all garbage cans
- Dust off remaining attached shelving, window sills, anything that appears to be dusty
- Wipe down the walls that larger furniture may have been in front of they can be dusty as well
- Clean out the sinks
- Clean the tubs and toilets
- remove lint from dryer
- Sweep garage
There is also the detail of items being left ie: lumber, paint, freezers, old vacuums, lawn mowers, or other large objects that you decide you cannot move like sofas, large hutches or pianos. If you have not already confirmed through the realtors that the new buyers want the larger objects you should remove, sell or dispose of these items.
Lumber and CURRENT paint cans can be left. However, not 20 cans that have been used over 30 years. I am sure none of you have done this, or had it done to you ( toungue in cheek here). There are places oil and stains can be taken to for safe disposal. Acrylic, waterbased paints should be opened to dry out. I do suggest the paints you should dry out well before you list your home so they are not an issue and already thrown away.
Hopefully this will help you at some point and or help a friend if you share this.
Those that have ever been on the buying side of a home are so excited and look forward to the day they get to move in. They have dreamed of it, imagined where the furniture goes and the pictures they plan to put up. They think I have the weekend to move and put togther my home and then SCHREECH!!!! put on the brakes!! They walk in for the first time that everything is out. The oven and refrigerator are not clean, there is a random trash can not removed, the carpets were not vacuumed. Some toilets appear to be less than scrubbed. There is a lawn mower, and paint in the garage. They left the curtains that they did not like by the way! The realtor is called about how horrible it is.
The 22D states that the home should be in the same state as when viewed and rubish and debris removed from the home. So yes, the one bathroom garbage that was left was to be gone.
But WAIT… People are human. We make mistakes. They are just as excited to leave to a new home, a new state. Someone in their cleaning party AKA family forgot the garbage.
Some are thinking, hmmm?? what about the toilets and kitchen appliances? I would have to agree, I personally feel that they should be scrubbed clean. Even if I never met the new owners I wouldn’t want them to think I didn’t clean my home well and I would want to show them decency to clean.
However, I also know that not everyone has the same version of clean. Some really believe they did clean and their version is much different and their expectations moving to a new home are slightly different. Others, they believe clean is deep cleaning of everything. There are those that no matter how clean the home is they WILL clean it all over again.
Some agents will provide pre-move in cleaning or some would say Post cleaning for those that sell. Those are benefits that a full service agent can offer.
How do we handle the emotions and expectations of the new buyer’s disappointment in the cleanliness of the home? Each family is individual, so there is not set way to correct this situation.
Some feel a cleaning checklist should be provided to the seller’s, some feel the agent should pay for the move out cleaning. Some are willing to accept that people aren’t perfect and have different versions of clean. That can mean really bad to really good, but either way those people just plan on cleaning regardless so they know it’s been done to their satisfaction.
In the end, seller cleaning is not specific, it is not defined and seller cleaning has many definitions. For thos selling, think about how you would like to see the house when you move into your new home. Buyers, the home may not be as clean as you like it, but it is yours. Remember we are all human and sometimes things are forgotten or just not something each person would value as something to clean. I would say expect to clean (because you know how you clean), expect some left over paint because they think they are helping you. The extra lumber is there again because they think you may want it.
Selling and Buying has some challenges, but let us remember we are all human, and things happen. Hopefully, your agent will step up to help in any way they can, otherwise have a coke/coffee/adult beverage take a deep breathe and dig in.. This is your new home and you will be making it special.
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This current update also has local area farmers markets and information on celebrating Earth Day. Enjoy.
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Working with a real estate professional that knows how to navigate these situations will be key to you getting a home. It may not be as quick, but eventually you will win.
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The Gardner Report
The Washington State economy added 104,600 new jobs over the past 12 months. This impressive growth rate of 3.1% is well above the national rate of 1.4%. Interestingly, the slowdown we saw through most of the second half of the year reversed in the fall, and we actually saw more robust employment growth.
Growth continues to be broad-based, with expansion in all major job sectors other than aerospace due to a slowdown at Boeing.
With job creation, the state unemployment rate stands at 4.5%, essentially indicating that the state is close to full employment. Additionally, all counties contained within this report show unemployment rates below where they were a year ago.
I expect continued economic expansion in Washington State in 2018; however, we are likely to see a modest slowdown, which is to be expected at this stage in the business cycle.
HOME SALES ACTIVITY
- There were 22,325 home sales during the final quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 3.7% over the same period in 2016.
- Jefferson County saw sales rise the fastest relative to fourth quarter of 2016, with an impressive increase of 22.8%. Six other counties saw double-digit gains in sales. A lack of listings impacted King and Skagit Counties, where sales fell.
- Housing inventory was down by 16.2% when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, and down by 17.3% from last quarter. This isn’t terribly surprising since we typically see a slowdown as we enter the winter months. Pending home sales rose by 4.1% over the third quarter of 2017, suggesting that closings in the first quarter of 2018 should be robust.
- The takeaway from this data is that listings remain at very low levels and, unfortunately, I don’t expect to see substantial increases in 2018. The region is likely to remain somewhat starved for inventory for the foreseeable future.
- Because of low inventory in the fall of 2017, price growth was well above long-term averages across Western Washington. Year-over-year, average prices rose 12% to $466,726.
- Economic vitality in the region is leading to a demand for housing that far exceeds supply. Given the relative lack of newly constructed homes—something that is unlikely to change any time soon—there will continue to be pressure on the resale market. This means home prices will rise at above-average rates in 2018.
- Compared to the same period a year ago, price growth was most pronounced in Lewis County, where home prices were 18.8% higher than a year ago. Eleven additional counties experienced double-digit price growth as well.
- Mortgage rates in the fourth quarter rose very modestly, but remained below the four percent barrier. Although I anticipate rates will rise in 2018, the pace will be modest. My current forecast predicts an average 30-year rate of 4.4% in 2018—still remarkably low when compared to historic averages.
DAYS ON MARKET
- The average number of days it took to sell a home in the fourth quarter dropped by eight days, compared to the same quarter of 2016.
- King County continues to be the tightest market in Western Washington, with homes taking an average of 21 days to sell. Every county in the region saw the length of time it took to sell a home either drop or remain static relative to the same period a year ago.
- Last quarter, it took an average of 50 days to sell a home. This is down from 58 days in the fourth quarter of 2016, but up by 7 days from the third quarter of 2017.
- As mentioned earlier in this report, I expect inventory levels to rise modestly, which should lead to an increase in the average time it takes to sell a house. That said, with homes selling in less than two months on average, the market is nowhere near balanced.
This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. For the fourth quarter of 2017, I have left the needle at the same point as third quarter. Price growth remains robust even as sales activity slowed. 2018 is setting itself up to be another very good year for housing.
Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.