When selling your home there's one thing that has to be a top priority... your house has to be clean. It's got to be squeaky clean so that it sparkles, shines and smells fresh. Unless you're looking for an investment property to rehab or a fixer upper, buyers will take note on a homes cleanliness. Buyers want a pristine home, that they can move right into. Can't blame them for that, and the houses that I've seen that have sold the fastest have been the ones that literally outshine the competition.
I always advise home sellers to do a one-time deep cleaning, and then you will only have to do light cleanings thereafter. If you don't have the time to clean, I would recommend hiring a professional house cleaning service that offers this type of service. Make sure that they have some or all of the following: references, is bonded, insured and accredited with the BBB.
If you are a DIY'er and prefer to do the cleaning yourself, I have found a really thorough checklist of room by room instructions. I've seen a lot of lists over the years and really like these, they even tell you what tools and products you can use.
Don't forget the outside. Curb appeal is initially what draws buyers to your home, it's what peaks their interest. If they don't like the outside, chances are they won't bother with the inside.
Checklists: Free Downloads to Print
Living Room/Family Room
Professional House Cleaning Services in the Greater Houston area:
White Gloves Service
The Cleaning Authority
Natural Care Cleaning Service
Redesign Etc. Home Staging will be happy to advise you on actions that need to be taken before staging your home. We offer an in-depth home staging consultation to prepare the home for your buyers market. Contact us today!