Number #1 Tip for preparing your home for sale....

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Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3248318

Whats my #1 tip for preparing your home for sale???

C-L-E-A-N....  think  Scrubbing-Bubbles on steroids!

 

Everyone I know has a different definition of what  “clean” means.

To a kid, Clean up your room, may just be picking up toys....  To my husband, cleaning up after dinner, is putting dishes in the dishwasher... To a healthcare person, it may not be clean until  it is  disinfected. 

When you’re listing your house for sale, you need to get it Mr Clean clean!  Pretend that you’re selling your house to Howie Mandel.

If you can afford it, hire a professional cleaning crew to spend a whole day doing a deep whole house clean, & don’t overlook the importance of a clean rug/carpet. When was the last time you really cleaned the baseboards...  It’s well worth the money!  When a house is unkempt or smells stuffy , it can be hard for buyers to emotionally attach to it, even if they are not clean people themselves. 

It’s ironic, but  many home buyers expect the house they buy to be cleaner than the one they currently live in.  Everyone likes that "new car " feel and smell. While  painting is often the first thing the buyer wants to do when they purchase the home, they don’t want to wash the walls first.  When buyers walk through a home and see things being neglected, they start looking for things to be wrong… A clean house gives the impression that the property has been well maintained and is easy to move into.

 

I recently showed a home with great potential, ( under-priced for market) but was grimy dirty. Seller even willing to paint  before closing, but the surface of everything was sticky and dingy.. Buyers could not look beyond.  10 days later, it is still on the market, and 4 other, higher priced per square foot , but clean homes are under contract.

 

Cleanliness IS next to Godliness!

 

 

Posted by

Lesley Wilson VanGoethem
Associate Broker ®

Professional Property Stager Real Estate Agent Consultant

 

Innovative Realty Solutions Group ,Inc

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Pat Champion
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You are right cleaning is one of the most important things a home seller can do it really is all about the first impression. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a Happy Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015 01:29 AM #1
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John Pusa
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Lesley - It is important to clean a house perfectly before and during selling process.

May 24, 2015 01:29 PM #2
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Pat Champion
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Great post you are right clean is a great start for home Seller's who want to sell their home. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

Jul 07, 2015 04:20 AM #3
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Yup it can never be too clean.  Moving out is a good idea if you can't live like it's a showroom house. Make it easy for the buyers to move right in.

Sep 12, 2015 05:25 AM #4
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