Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sellers, can a home be TOO clean?

In short, no.  If your home is on the market, it should be CLEAN!  A home that is clean and neat on the interior sells faster and for more money than a home that is not.  And that's the plain and simple truth.  So if you are selling your home, don't forget...
  • Clean light switch plates and trim around the doors.

  • Clean carpets and remove all spots (or replace).

  • Get rid of cobwebs and dust in corners, ceilings, baseboards and around light fixtures.

  • Wipe hand prints off walls, doors and mirrors.

  • Make sure tile and vinyl floors are washed and shiny clean.

  • Kitchen counters and sink should be clean and clear.

  • Bathroom sinks, counters and toilet should be clean and smell fresh.

  •  Re-caulk around bathtubs, re-grout showers as necessary to look clean.

  • Clean windows and make them sparkle! (Open the drapes and let the light in.)

  • Clean the stove and oven.  Buyers don't want to clean up your mess! 

If you've done all these items, and you still have a little time and energy left, look at your closets and garage.  The more you straighten them, the better a buyer can picture their own things in your house.  To get top dollar for your home, cleanliness is godliness!

1 comment:

  1. Agree about cleaning. Essential to selling a home, car or anything else. A restaurant with bad cleaning habits will not get second visits. It's common sense but sometimes in the maelstrom of modern life, we forget the obvious. Another thing forgotten is seller financing, which is fairly common as a strategy in Texas. Take a look at for seller financing all over US. Free to list and agents are welcome.