So you’ve decided to put the house on the market – (or you may even be considering letting) you’ve thought about which Agents you’ll get to value and you are itching to get the For Sale sign up. BUT WAIT… Want to know what the number one turn-off is that could scupper a decent valuation and a quick sale?…..
You know what I mean – you’ve seen it yourself when you’ve been viewing properties. And probably rushed out with lots of excuses as soon as you could…
- Grease in the kitchen, up the tiles, over the cooker.
- Sticky carpets that cling to your shoe and look as though they’re 30 years old and….. smell accordingly.
- Dirty bathroom tiles with other peoples ‘skin and hair’ clinging to them, ugh… dare you lift the toilet seat?
- Overflowing cat litter trays!
- Sticky handprints on the wall.
- Flithy windows you can’t see in (or out) of.
- Dark, dusty corners and cobwebs hanging from the light fitting.
You want people to relax when they are viewing your property, imagine themselves living in it – not feel desperate to leave in case they catch something or rush home to jump in the shower! Unless your house IS a show home (and there are some people out there), would it receive a gold star of approval when viewed through the critical eyes of a viewer? – think about it. Would you really want your agent to have to apologise for the ‘state’ of your home every time they conducted a viewing?
As time becomes a scarce resource for many, it’s easy to let dust and grime build up. When was the last time you wiped down your skirting boards or cleaned around your light switches? (Please don’t come and look at mine!)
That’s why having a thorough clean BEFORE your Estate Agent and your first viewers arrive is SO important. You might already have a cleaner, but they’re just ‘keeping on top’ of the dusting and vacuuming.
What you really need is a whole weekend devoted to Spring Cleaning tackling the cobwebs, removing grease from inside and outside of those cupboards and freshening up the bathroom.
Wiping down the paintwork can be as effective as redecorating but without the mess!
Better still, why not employ a team to deep clean your property whilst you’re at work and come back to what looks like a new home?
You’ll be impressed and so will your potential buyers!