From the moment you step foot inside your own home, it’s your responsibility to customize your entire property, keep it nice looking, and keep it as clean as possible. You’ll never forget your first home, but any property you live in for more than a few months will hold some sentimental value for the rest of your life.
Just because you like your home, however, doesn’t mean you won’t want to upgrade and move into a new place down the line. If that’s the case, don’t just throw your home on the housing market and start showcasing your property — you need to do a few things beforehand. Most importantly, you need to ensure that your home is extremely clean.
Your home could be huge and filled with the nicest furniture, most expensive electronics, and valuable items. But if prospective buyers sense uncleanliness throughout, they’ll likely turn around and walk right out. It costs an average of $15,200 to sell a home in the United States. Don’t add to those costs by neglecting cleaning until the last minute! Instead of dealing with this rejection, you should focus on deep cleaning your home prior to having potential buyers visit.
Here are some excellent tips for thoroughly cleaning your entire home prior to listing it on the market or showing prospective buyers:
- Wash every inch of your windows — From afar, your windows probably look fine. But if you really take a closer look at them, they are likely disgusting. Prior to showcasing your home, you should clean both the inside and the outside of your windows. Prospective buyers will be impressed with how they look and your entire home’s interior will look better as a result.
- Don’t ignore your furniture — Your furniture likely looks far less dirty than your floors, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t need a deep cleaning. Unclean couches and chairs can have a bad odor and look tacky. Treat your leather furniture with a leather care product like leather conditioner at least once every six to 12 months.
- Steam it out — If you really want to impress potential buyers, consider steaming your entire home. Your rugs and walls will glisten and give off that new home look that property owners love. Make sure you know what you’re doing, however, so you might want to consult with a cleaning crew that specializes in interior steaming. If your carpets stay damp for too long, mold could start to grow. It only takes 48 hours for mold to set in, so make sure you have the proper tools and crew.
Before you invite any potential buyer into your home, make sure it’s as clean as possible and just have fun with it. The typical home will be on the market for about three weeks. Maybe following these tips will help you get it sold even faster. Good luck!