If you’re planning on putting your house up for sale, the best way to get the most and highest offers is to ensure that it looks, smells, and yes, feels its best. Real estate agents across Ontario, throughout Toronto, and across the great nation we call Canada will all say the same thing: do everything you can to get your house in the best shape possible before putting it on the market.
One of those steps is to have your house professionally cleaned. That includes the carpeting, hardwood flooring, ceiling fans, upholstery, counters, bathrooms, and much more. If you’re going to be living in your house while you sell it, you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service for regular visits. If not, you may be able to have one thorough clean done and then touch it up if the house remains on the market for more than one month.
Three areas of focus for professional cleaning.
The main focal points for cleaning when selling your home are carpets, entryways, and the kitchen.
All rooms that have wall-to-wall carpeting should be professionally cleaned. You may want to move as many items of furniture as you can spare out of these rooms, and the entire house, and into storage because it will increase the perceived space of the rooms. It will also make it easier to get a thorough clean.
The first place that potential homebuyers enter will be the front door. If you have a foyer, dining room to one side, and living room to the other, these three rooms should be spotless. All of the furniture should be clean, the ceiling fans, mantles, window sills, and every corner should look like no one lives there.
The kitchen, even if it looks twenty years old, outdated, and in need of a serious upgrade, should still be neat, organized, and spotless. You will find that doing this job yourself can quickly become overwhelming, which is why so many homeowners do the right thing and hire a professional cleaning company when they’re ready to put their home on the market.