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!