Selling Your Home: The Importance of Cleaning

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If you’re contemplating selling your home, you know you want to make it the most appealing to the maximum amount of potential buyers. There are a number of things that you could and should do to ensure you get top dollar for your home. But did you know that according to most surveys, the most important factor when it comes to selling your home is much simpler? Cleanliness is ranked as the most effective way to make your home more appealing to buyers. It’s considered more important than décor, odors, furniture and architecture. It’s also one of the quickest and cheapest ways to add value to your home.

What is it about cleaning that makes it so important for selling your home? Well, think about it. Put yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes. It is vital for buyers to be able to visualize themselves living in a property. For them to do this, a home needs to be presented as a blank canvas. A buyer needs to see their possessions, furniture and lifestyle fitting into this canvas, not yours. In order to do this, a home needs to be thoroughly cleaned, clutter-free and ready to move-in to.

A clean home gives the right impression to a potential buyer. It shows your home is loved, well-cared for and properly maintained. The first step to a clean home is a de-cluttered home. This should be done in all rooms, to all surfaces, worktops and storage spaces (including closets and cabinets). Less stuff means more space and gives the illusion of a larger home and helps to create a more open and inviting living area.

After the clutter is gone, make the property itself as clean as possible. You want it to sparkle! This means everything inside and out and top to bottom. Use a cleaning checklist to make sure that every room is cleaned properly and that you don’t miss a thing. For a great sample checklist, visit here. If the idea of cleaning everything seems overwhelming, you could always hire a professional. When cleaning your home, don’t forget the outside. Lawns should be mowed, gardens weeded, walkways and homes pressure washed. You may even want to paint your front door and mailbox, upgrade your lighting and add some decorative planters and décor to make the porch more inviting. A clean home is a happy home and one that others will want to live in!

For other helpful tips on getting your home ready for sale or questions about the home selling process, give me a call. 

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