The spring rush is about to start, as the weather gets warmer more and more housing listings will be on the market. When selling a home cleanliness is key from the outside to the inside. You want a home to have curb appeal and be presentable through the staging and viewing process. When preparing a home for the market you want to focus on cleaning and organizing to increase a potential buyer’s likelihood to buy. Home buyers can be deterred easily, but keeping a home clean throughout the showing process can make a huge difference. Here are several ways in which cleaning can help sell your listings.
Curb Appeal: First impressions are everything, and when you are selling a home, curb appeal is crucial. In addition to landscaping you should focus on several important cleaning tasks to increase the curb appeal of your listing. Dirty windows make a home look older and dark. Window cleaning will increase curb appeal as people drive by the listing as well as make the home brighter inside during open houses and viewings. You should also hire a professional window cleaner to clean lanterns and outdoor lighting. Pressure washing is also another cleaning service you should consider to increase your listings curb appeal. Pressure washing the house, walkways, and patios will create positive impressions from the time people drive by to when they walk up to the front door.
Staging: Staging a home requires a lot of planning and a lot of cleaning. It is important that the home is clean, organized and presentable. Areas with clutter can detter potential buyers by distracting them from the good qualities of the home. When de-cluttering a home for staging you should focus on the phrase “less is more.” Professional cleaning services such as debris removal should also be considered. This will help clear up space around the home so your listing is more presentable for potential buyers. You will also want to consider general cleaning services such as dusting to make the home shine and sparkle.
Open Houses: When prepping for an open house you should put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and identify how they will feel when viewing the home. A home should smell good, look good and feel good. General cleaning is a great way to remove dust while other services like carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning will brighten the home’s floors and furniture. Carpets and upholstery also hold on to unwanted odors which can be removed with professional cleaning. You can also reduce any unwanted odors or freshen up a stale home by opening windows or lighting candles.