Home Staging: the least one can do is clean!”A little bit of elbow grease goes such a long way,” I always say. For all you home shoppers, home show-ers and home owners out there, there is nothing worse than coming in from the cold and wet, taking off your shoes (as we like to do here in the snowy Midwest), and feeling a greasy carpet, sticky linoleum or grubby tile floor permeating the protective layer of your socks. How about the hard and sticky dried up food bits, not to mention hair of all unmentionable varieties and rocks that we also feel when walking (usually on tip-toe) through the house. In such a case, I have decided not to go into a room or down the stairs due to this “gross me out the door” phenomena. Filth is a huge turn-off…and so easily avoidable.
In the grand scheme of things…clean sells better than dirty! Clean allows a potential buyer to take note of the important selling features, and not the disgusting smelling creatures…If you can’t paint, repair or even clear the clutter…Clean your house, it’s the least you can do in preparing a home for sale. It doesn’t have to cost a cent, although you can hire the job out if cleaning isn’t for you (a 1- time deep clean can run anywhere from $100-$500). Don’t gross me out the door, literally. Don’t distract me from the features of your home by scaring me with its dirt, dust and yuck. Clean it! Especially the floors, bathrooms and kitchens…these need to sparkle!