Clean your home before you sell it.
If you are planning to sell the house you currently live in, it’s important to present it to estate agents and buyers in the best possible light. As a homeologist, I can help you identify all the ways in which you could improve the house, ensuring you achieve the best price and a smooth sales process.
One of the most important steps to take is to clean your house before you sell it. This may sound obvious, but it is often overlooked! In this blog, we take a closer look at why it’s important to clean your house before it goes on the market, and how to go about doing it.
Why is it important to clean your house before you sell it?
When you’re preparing to sell your house, it’s vital that you make it stand out from the crowd. Your old home deserves every opportunity to be the best on the market. There are many ways of making your property stand out and being thoroughly clean is one of them. Speaking from experience, you’d be surprised at how many dirty houses are on the market! Choose being clean, as your point of difference.
Buyers respond positively to a clean house. A clean house that smells fresh, suggests to potential buyers that you are house proud. The fact that you’ve bothered to think about cleaning your house indicates that you are serious about selling.
A clean house also creates confidence in a potential buyer. If someone walks into a dirty, messy house for a viewing, alarm bells ring – has the owner neglected the structure of the house as well as the dusting?
With this in mind, it is worth considering the small investment in time and effort in cleaning your house, is likely to result in a more acceptable offer, than uncleaned and uncared for house.
What’s the best way to clean your house before you sell it?
Most of us keep our houses in a way that we consider clean, but it’s important to remember that we all have different standards. When you’re preparing your house to sell, however, it needs to be as clean as the cleanest buyer expects. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask someone like me to provide a fresh pair of eyes. If, for example, you’ve lived with a damp patch in the kitchen for years, you might not notice it anymore. However, as an expert property consultant, I will spot it instantly and can then advise on how to deal with it.
I usually recommend booking a professional cleaning company to come and give the house a thorough clean. I have several contacts I can recommend. Of course, it costs more than doing it yourself but, trust me, it’s well worth it.
There are many advantages to using a professional cleaner:
A professional cleaner will look at your house objectively. They are there to make it clean, not to make it “good enough.” The corner that’s usually hidden by the sofa is as important to a professional cleaner as the middle of the room.
Using a professional cleaner frees up your time for other important aspects of selling the house and buying your new home. Booking your clean for a specific day will also give you a decluttering deadline, which many people find very motivating.
If you’re also buying a new home, you might be less interested in putting energy into your old one – it’s hard to feel excited about deep cleaning a house you won’t be living in much longer. Fortunately, a professional cleaner isn’t on that emotional journey with you and will simply clean the house thoroughly, preparing it for photography and viewings.
Book your property consultant appointment today.
We all know that we should clean our old homes before we put them on the market, but not all sellers do. Give your house the edge by making sure it’s thoroughly clean before your photographer, estate agent or potential buyer enters the property.
If you need encouragement to clean your house before you sell it, I can help. I firmly believe that any house will sell at the right price if it’s properly presented. If you’re planning to put your property on the market, or it’s been on the market for more than five weeks, let me help. I have over thirty years’ experience in the property market and can advise not just on cleaning but also on photography, décor, kerb appeal and any other aspect of selling a house.
Get in touch today on 07774 247 913 – I’d love to hear from you.
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