The time period between signing the contracts and the handing over of keys of a new property is often a crucial time for both buyers and sellers alike. In case the property is not in the same condition as it was the day of signing the contracts, you can face problems as a vendor; as a buyer, you can withhold the payment or even delay settlement. There are many more problems of various degrees related to the settlement period, which can range from mishaps by the bank to not performing the final inspections and facing related problems later on (for which the vendor won’t be held accountable). A minor problem, which not only goes often unsaid in contracts, but also usually rests on the principle of common courtesy is, well, cleaning.

Legally, there is no binding on the vendor that the property should be cleaned (it has to only be in the same condition as it was on the day of signing the contracts, with minor damages due to fair wear and tear also being allowed), therefore, the buyer is usually the disadvantaged one. Nevertheless, if you’re a vendor, it is normally in everyone’s best interests to keep the buyer happy, and making sure that the place is clean (perhaps even more than the day of the first inspection) is definitely going to help you. You can hire a settlement cleaning in The Gap or any other area if you’re unwilling to clean yourself – plus, you can also expect better results.

Conversely, if you’re a buyer, you need to understand that there is no guarantee the place will be clean as is the case with a rental – even if you thoroughly cleaned your old home before moving out (which is also unrelated to your vendors’ circumstances) – unless that is, you specifically include a clause in the contract requesting a clean-up of the property. Of course, there will be times when you’ll find sympathetic vendors, who will gladly clean even above your expectations, but it’s best to be ready for the worst. Furthermore, no matter how clean a place is, our normal disposition is to personally clean the place before moving in anyway, so sometimes, it doesn’t really matter. However, if there is a case of simultaneous settlements on the vendors’ side, the usual event is that you’ll have to be ready to clean by yourself. In the eventuality the place is a horrible mess (which sadly can happen – and you can’t do anything about it if you’ve got the keys already), the best option is to call up service for spring cleaning Brisbane, or wherever is closest to your newly acquired property.

Therefore, be it buying or selling property, it’s always best if you don’t forget about cleaning in the midst of all the paperwork and inspections you have to go through during and after the settlement period. It will definitely ensure a much happier transaction for both parties, with everyone’s best interests being thought of properly.