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Turnoff Tuesday #2 – Dastardly Dirt

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will turn off potential buyers faster than entering a dirty house.  To the typical buyer, a dirty home sends signals that the current owners did not take care of the home, and they may assume that there will be costly maintenance issues.

Your home may have tons of potential, but if it’s dirty, the percentage of buyers who can see that potential drops significantly.

When a house is for sale, the goal is to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. The most cost-efficient way to spruce up your home is to clean it thoroughly.

When you are putting your home on the market, everything must be spotlessly clean and shiny from top to bottom, inside and out.  This includes wiping down all walls, cleaning floors (being especially diligent about grout), shampooing carpets, and washing baseboards and moldings.  All windows and window treatments will need to be cleaned; everything must be dusted and cobwebs removed; fans, lamps, vents, electrical switches, and light fixtures must be wiped.

Give major attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.  They should be scoured until they sparkle.  Special attention should be placed on appliances, inside and outside of cupboards (remember that people will look in your cupboards, under your sinks, and in your closets).

Mold and mildew are especially problematic in bathrooms. With all the publicity concerning the illnesses that mold can cause, prospective home buyers are more sensitive than ever about its presence. Use liquid household bleach or cleaners with bleach to remove mildew stains from shower doors and grout between tiles.  If shower curtains and liners are dirty, simply replace them.

This may all seem like common sense, but unfortunately it’s still one area owners tend to try to cut corners on. If it’s too much for you to handle, I highly recommend you hire a professional cleaning company.

Once the major, thorough clean-up is complete, be diligent about keeping up with the dust bunnies, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and scrubbing as required.  Make sure beds are made daily, dishes are cleaned AND PUT AWAY, countertops are cleared and wiped, garbage bins are emptied, laundry kept up to date (or well hidden), tubs and showers squeegeed after use, bathroom fixtures wiped clean, mirrors and windows sparkling.  This will all help to put your home’s best foot forward.

It just Makes $en$e.


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