Should I Clean The Exterior Of My Home Before I List It?

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Are you preparing your home for sale? There is a lot to do to prepare your home to sell. You want to make sure that everything you do increases your home value before you sell. Most of the time homeowners focus a lot of their attention on the interior o the home which is a good thing, but you don't want to forget about the exterior too. A clean home exterior will help you sell your home quicker and possibly for more. So, to get the exterior of your home ready to sell, take a look at some of the tips below.

Should I Clean The Exterior Of My Home Before I List It?

As a homeowner, you want to have the best curb appeal possible so you certainly want to clean the exterior of your home before you sell. You need the exterior to look beautiful. The majority of potential buyers will be attracted to your home based on its curb appeal. Even if you have a gorgeous exterior, many may pass on looking inside your home if the exterior isn't appealing. This isn't necessarily about perfect landscaping, it's about cleanliness.

So, what else can a clean exterior do for you?

Increase Value

Charleston SC Real Estate Expert Paige Bird offers this information: "Before your house goes on the market, you will possibly have a comparative market analysis or n appraisal. Both of these can help you determine your home's listing price. A clean exterior may not add a huge amount of value, but even a $5,000 increase can make it worthwhile. This can make a difference overall when you factor in all of the closing costs and commissions. Every bit counts when you are in a transaction to sell your home. An appraisal certainly factors in curb appeal when determining the value of a home."

Do It Because It Doesnt Take Much Time

Deep cleaning the exterior of your home can be draining and time-consuming if you try to do it on your own, however, some companies specialize in this and they will usually take care of your windows too, leaving your house sparkling clean. A company that specializes in this will have all of the necessary equipment to work efficiently and effectively leaving your home in the best condition possible.

In Conclusion

You want to have a clean home exterior all of the time to prevent potential exterior damage or repairs. A clean home exterior especially if you are selling it because the stakes of the condition of your home are higher. A home with a well-scrubbed exterior will boost your value and attract more potential buyers. This is your biggest goal as a seller. Take all of this advice into consideration as you work alongside a trained and experienced agent.


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Comments (7)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Tammy and thank you for the great information to share with us today in the Rain.  Make it a Special Day!


Apr 19, 2023 09:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Have a productive spring.

Apr 19, 2023 09:57 AM
Joan Valverde
HomeSmart - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu

Hello Tammy, I agree.  I always have my sellers come outside and look at their front door and porch with me.  Today, to many sellers rarely see their front door.  I ask them to make sure they remove spider webs, and leaves... then we go from there.  Have a great day. 

Apr 19, 2023 10:01 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The more cleaning done to the home the better it presents itself to a potential buyer. Outside and inside,

Apr 19, 2023 02:54 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

First impressions of a home are so important. A clean exterior is a great start.

Apr 20, 2023 05:22 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!
Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Apr 20, 2023 05:41 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Apr 22, 2023 05:04 AM