It is customary for most real estate contracts to specify the home to be left “broom clean” by the sellers. There is often confusion about what this means.
Broom clean DOES NOT mean that the house has been professionally cleaned, or even cleaned by the seller. It means that the premises have been emptied of all contents except items previously agreed upon and specified in the contract. No visible debris should be left on the floors or other surfaces. The seller should also not assume that left over cans of paint or tools are wanted by the buyer. Ask before leaving them.
While every buyer would like to move into a sparkling clean home, this is not the legal responsibility of the seller. The buyer should assume that the house will need a thorough cleaning before occupancy. Having said that, it is a wonderful gesture for the seller to have the house cleaned, and much appreciated by any buyer.
Locally, we have some wonderful cleaning services that are reliable and thorough. If you are busy and/or not inclined toward cleaning, you may want to engage a regular cleaning service anyway. Ask your agent for a referral.