How to Avoid One of the Biggest Buyer Complaints in Real Estate

30 December 2015

The biggest complaint we hear from buyers is that the newly purchased property is a mess on the final pre-closing visit. The buyer then goes back and re-reads his offer to purchase and sees that his agent has included a clause that the property will be left in ‘broom swept’ condition.

This is all well and good, however, what IS the definition of ‘broom swept’? What is the penalty if it is NOT in broom swept condition? Unfortunately for the buyer he cannot refuse to close on the transaction, but a little foresight might have saved the buyer’s angst.

This is where a great agent would have helped in drafting the offer. The offer could have included a definition of broom swept. The offer could have also spelled out the penalty if the property was not left clean, say $250. Everyone would then be happier on the closing, the buyer, the seller, and of course, both lawyers.