Why You Hire a House Cleaner Before Listing Your Homeby Craig Sutton • October 27, 2016
So, you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations! It is exciting, but it can also be a stressful time. You want to put your home up for sale, generate interest from buyers right away, and in a perfect world, a bidding war will erupt and you will get more than asking price.
Before this can happen, you need to make sure your home looks its very best and is as appealing as possible. While many real estate professionals are wise to tell you that investing in home staging and minor renovations is the best way to do this, for many homeowners it’s just too costly.
Fortunately, there is another, less expensive option that can help you make your home present well and get the attention of potential buyers – hiring a professional house cleaner.
This article will dive into how hiring professional house cleaning can help you sell your home faster and at a higher price.
Why Hire a House Cleaner Before Listing Your Home?
Here are three great reasons why you should hire a house cleaner before listing your home:
1. Make it look better
The better your home looks and the better it is presented to potential buyers and other real estate professionals, the more you will be able to command. A thorough cleaning, coupled with decluttering and even some minor staging can help you get the most out of your investment by increasing the asking price.
2. One chance to make a first impression
As they say, you only have one chance to make a great first impression. The second potential buyers walk into your home, they will develop an impression; and if that impression is not a good one, you risk them losing interest and moving on to the next home. Even something as small as pet hair on the sofa or some clutter in the kitchen can turn off a buyer. Hiring a cleaner will help you make the best impression possible.
3. Reduce time on the market
If you are able to make a great first impression with buyers, you are more likely to get offers on your home and reduce the amount of time your home is listed. The shorter amount of time it’s listed and the quicker it sells, the less time you will have to keep your home in “sell mode,” and you can begin packing and moving on to the next steps in your life. It will also take the stress off of having your home listed and hoping that you will receive an offer.
Why Not Do It Yourself?
Some of you may be asking, “Why can’t I just do the cleaning myself?” This is a great question and one that many homeowners think. Why not just go it yourself to save money? The truth is that selling a home is a very busy time, and you may not have the time to clean your home as thoroughly as it needs to be cleaned.
Plus, a professional cleaner will likely be able to do a better job than you and in less time. Additionally, a house cleaner can also provide you with a second pair of eyes and identify areas that need to be cleaned that you may overlook.
You hire a real estate agent to sell your home, right? So, why not hire a professional cleaner to clean it?
Timing Is Important When Hiring a Cleaner
The timing of cleaning your home is important. Hiring a professional cleaner is not something you should put off until you are having issues selling. It is something you should invest in before it’s listed, so the listing photos can reflect your clean and organized home. Cleaning also needs to be completed before you start to show it privately and especially before your hold an open house.
It is also a good idea to have your home cleaned regularly during the sales process. It could take weeks to sell, and it will be extremely difficult to keep it in pristine condition during the process, especially if you have children and/or pets.
If you want to get a head start and be proactive, consider hiring a cleaner the minute you start thinking about selling. You may have some deep-rooted cleaning issues that you are not aware of – things that a professional cleaner may bring to your attention. You may need to have your carpets steam cleaned a second time or unforeseen cleaning needs could be identified.
If you are lacking time or the budget, it’s best to get the best bang for your buck by getting your home professionally cleaned right before the open house – when most people will see it.
What to Hire a House Cleaner to Do
Here are some areas you should hire a house cleaner to help you with:
- The kitchen and all appliances
- All bathrooms
- Windows and doors
- Main entryway
- Bedrooms and hallways
- All floors and baseboards
- Other areas requiring attention
Hiring a house cleaner is a great way to help get your home prepared to sell. You only have one chance to make a great first impression, and if you do, you could sell your home for a great price, and you could lessen the amount of time your home is listed on the market.
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