Want to Sell Your Home? Here’s the #1 Thing You Can Do

It’s February, it’s cold, and the groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.  It’s not too early, though, to think about getting ready for the spring real estate market.

What’s the number one thing sellers can do to help sell their property?  Whether it’s a single family home, a condo, or a town home, the best thing you can do is make sure your home is thoroughly clean.  And this one action is within your control…all you need is a keen eye, some time and elbow grease.

One of the goals in preparing your home for sale is to give buyers a wonderfully positive feeling about the property and let them see the potential that might be overlooked.  It’s unfortunate to have them distracted by a home that isn’t clean, leaving them with a negative impression.  If the home is not clean buyers may wonder what other things (mechanical, electrical, etc) have been overlooked.

You want your home to sell!  Here are a few areas to pay close attention to when preparing your home for its “first impression”.

  • Look high and look low.  This can be especially important in a home that has been vacant for some time, but no seller should overlook the cobwebs and dust that may accumulate in corners at the ceiling and floors.  A few minutes with a broom will make the homimagese look better cared for.  Light fixtures and ceiling fans frequently accumulate dust and should be cleaned carefully.
  • Look around door frames, light switches, door knobs, and along walls in high traffic areas such as hallways and stairs.  Buyers will certainly be opening closet doors and won’t want to see years of fingerprints or grime as they reach for the doorknobs or light switches.  The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a great product for ridding your home of smudges, grime and scuff marks.  Dampen it, squeeze out extra water, then use a light touch to wipe away dirt.
  • Look through the windows.  Windows are extremely important and clean windows will let in more light!  Recently we staged a home with a balcony and a truly beautiful view of the monuments and DC skyline–the kind of view that would help sell the home.  Unfortunately, the views were significantly obscured by dirty windows. Keep in mind that at certain times of day, when sunlight is hitting the windows, even windows that look fine at other times may have a layer of dirt revealed.

A thorough cleaning is one way sellers can ensure their home shows well.  Contact us for a free estimate or to schedule a consultation to get your property ready for the spring market.