When you’re preparing a home for a showing, you want to make sure it looks its best. Having a house that is professionally cleaned and staged can make all the difference when trying to sell it for a good price. Real estate agencies need to constantly be on the lookout for any signs of damage or dirtiness. Here are four commonly overlooked aspects you should look at when getting ready to show a home for sale.
Even if a carpet looks clean, dirt and other allergens could be hiding beneath the surface. Before showing a house, it’s always a good idea to have the carpets professionally cleaned. The specialty equipment and expertise carpet cleaners provide can fully remove all the dirt from a carpet, leaving it looking fresh and healthy. This is especially important if the current/previous owners had pets, as pet odor can become lodged in the fibers. Even if you vacuum and spot clean carpets, most buyers can tell if they aren’t deep cleaned and will often be able to smell any odors left behind.
Finding and fixing water damage is only half the solution. If there’s water damage somewhere in the home, then somehow water is getting in where it shouldn’t. If you find signs of water damage (such as mold, bubbling or peeling wallpaper, and discoloration), you should have the area inspected. It’s possible that there is a leaky pipe behind the wall or an unsealed window that’s letting in rainwater. Just cleaning the effects of the water damage isn’t treating the real issue. Buyers won’t appreciate moving into a home that floods the next time it rains.
Clogged Air Vents
The ventilation systems in many homes can become clogged over time as dirt and dust get trapped in the vents. A dirty or clogged vent can lead to several problems, including vermin infestation and allergic reactions. It’s always a good idea to have the vents cleaned out and protected. This ensures the air quality is high enough that buyers will feel comfortable and healthy in their new home.
Over time, the insulation in a home is likely to disintegrate. Making sure that the insulation is fully and properly protected does more than just keep the family warm and cool during changing weather conditions. Proper insulation is also an effective tool in keeping pests and vermin out of the home. Although it may not be noticeable right away, making sure the insulation in the home is outfitted properly will help your buyers feel comfortable and safe in their new house.
Getting a home ready to show is a big task, and HS Restoration and Cleaning is here to help. We’ve been helping real estate agencies clean, inspect, and repair homes for the market since 1998. Give us a call at 609-949-5062. Our phone lines are open 24/7, and we’re always ready to help get your next house ready to sell.