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Fleas come and go at will just as termites do. You can have your home tented one day and be swarmed the next. As far as odors are concerned? It's not uncommon to experience emitting odors after a good carpet cleaning whence the carpet begins to dry.
If so, take the ratified contract to a real estate attorney to see if you're liable for repairs after closing.
It has a lot to do with disclosure.
Interesing question. Fleas are not that hard to get rid of, there are many pest contol companies that will treat for fleas. The thing about fleas is that it takes a couple of weeks for the eggs to hatch, and if it's warm (Summer) it encourages them to reproduce faster. Since escrow has closed I would say this is would be something the new owners should address. You could split the costs of the extermination if you feel it is a reasonable request, but I don't believe you are obligated.
Most contracts will state what conditions the home is to be left in upon closing. A common term is "broom clean" meaning a reasonable level of cleanliness. One month after closing a home is likely to develop various odors whether it's from moisture or pests. Removing one familyâ€™s belongings will likely take one set of smells and with stagnant air, no cooking or living create a new set.
I would review the contract to ensure you complied with what was expected and if you did, call it good. If you feel bad about the fleas, offer to have the place flea bombed while it's still vacant.
New owners generally want to clean a home prior to moving in no matter how clean it is. If you want to do more it's up to you, but your obligation is to meet the terms of the contract.
If the Buyer's made no request for repairs in writing dealing with these items prior to removing their contingencies and nothing was mentioned when they completed and submitted their final walk through paperwork then I do not see any reason why you should pay for these items. Now I'm not an Attorney, and this should not be taken as legal advice. Should you have any questions from a legal standpoint, then you should speak with an Attorney who specializes in real estate law. Be sure to bring all paperwork with you from the transaction. Good luck!
Check with your agent and your escrow attorney to see what they say since they have more info about your actual situation.