We’re full-tilt into the season for selling homes now, and sale signs are posted down every street, it seems. One thing that can’t be stressed enough is the importance of cleaning your home, and I mean REALLY cleaning it. This means that your normal dust-vacuum-swiffer routine is not enough. It’s a start, but just a start. If you have a regular cleaner, you need to request a deep clean; this should include baseboards, window blinds, windows inside and outside, closet floors, cupboard shelves, inside appliances, inside bathroom vanities – basically, everything. If your regular cleaner declines to take on these extra jobs (for which you should definitely pay extra), then get in an additional cleaner for the specialized tasks. I cannot stress this enough.
I know of a nice townhouse on the market and, due to its’ owners’ inability to grasp the importance of thoroughly cleaning the place, the asking price has been dropped, it’s been on the market months longer than it should have been, and the feedback from every showing is negative because the place is so dirty. I know it’s difficult to keep a place looking brand-new 24/7, but it’s critical to your success in selling your property quickly and for a good price. And if you sell your house faster, you can go back to your more “relaxed” ways that much sooner. (Also, no reputable home stager will come stage your home if it’s dirty.) [Read more…]