When it comes time for a home to be listed or shown, it’s important that the seller takes the time to thoroughly clean the home as well as reduce as much clutter as possible- but let’s be honest, not every home owner wants to acknowledge or accept that their home might not be “show ready” during an initial walk through. As an agent, being sensitive with our wording is a top priority, but being honest with the goal of selling their home is also just as important. So how would you tell someone that their home needs a deep cleaning, or point out areas that could use a little extra “TLC”? A pre-written checklist is always a great start, to make sure those “out of the norm” areas are included and can be pointed out, without pointing fingers.
Some of the top areas I’ve noticed that individuals need to focus on are:
- The tops of fan blades
- Along the baseboards
- Behind toilets
- Window sills
- Washing Curtains
- Inside the fridge and microwave
- Cleaning out air vents
- Replacing lightbulbs
- Vacuuming rugs in closets
But I’m curious, what do you notice (or, what’s the WORST thing you’ve noticed) when preparing to list a home, and how do you go about telling the seller it needs to be cleaned?