How a Clean Home Can Help You Sell Your House Faster
A house listing will provide a lot of information, such as the number of bedrooms/baths and the square footage. It will give features and amenities. What it won’t say is, “By the way, every inch of this place has been cleaned.”
And yet, if you are considering how to sell a house fast, this step is absolutely essential for several reasons. The National Association of Realtors reports that 46% of people were more likely to go see a house if the online listing showed spotless rooms prepared for viewing. 81% said they found it was easier to connect with a clean, fresh, prepped house and imagine themselves living there, which is exactly the reaction you need to get an offer.
Speaking of offers, Consumer Reports says, and realtors have consistently found, that really clean homes can get 3-5% higher offers. Some have even seen 6-10% higher offers.
Living daily life in our homes, it’s easy for anyone to become dust-blind, nose-blind to odors, or grime-in-the-corner-of-the-junk-drawer-blind. But potential buyers look everywhere, into every closet and corner, and who can blame them?
To impress those buyers, a house for sale needs to be made sparkling clean and kept that way, ready for a showing any time. That takes work, but since it brings such great return on investment, it is work worth doing well.
A recent homebuyer, having been turned off by messes and odors during her search, expressed the wonderful first impression made by the house she finally bought: “It was so CLEAN.”
What to Do
Things that must look their deep-cleaned best include:
- Inside of the oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and other appliances
- All surfaces, including counters, shelving, the fireplace hearth, toilets and tubs, and under the sinks
- Walls, windows, sills, mirrors, molding along floors and ceilings, the floors themselves, and the corners of stairs
- Inside storage spaces, such as cabinets, drawers, and closets
- Every nook and cranny that a potential buyer can see in every room, even the basement
Things that cause odor to arise include:
- Used diapers
- Pet food, litter boxes, and pet beds
- Unwashed laundry
- Sports equipment
- Cooking, even if the food was delicious
Lay the Foundation
Your house rests firmly on its foundation. The preparation you do to get it sold, such as staging, curb appeal, great listing photos, and finding one of the top real estate agents in Baltimore, rests just as firmly on the foundation of cleanliness: that basic work supports all your other efforts.
If it seems overwhelming because, after all, you do have a life, there are experienced pros to help you. A professional cleaning service (try Charm Clean or Ecoverde Solutions) is an excellent investment, saving you time and worry, and helping you make a fabulous first impression on potential buyers. Ask about services specifically offered to home sellers by the pros who understand what your house needs to get that SOLD sign up fast.