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Deeper the clean, quicker the sale

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March 31st, 2009

Cleaning a house before it s put on the market is strictly common sense, but just how deep must one go to eradicate every last piece of dirt? And what kind of difference will it really make?

Good, clean advice

Cleaning is a standard practice, but when one lives in a house for several years, dirt can accumulate and hide in the sneakiest of places; it roots into grout and small crevices and in between the nooks where carpet meets walls. People don t usually look up when they re cleaning, but before selling a house, it s necessary to clean all light fixtures. "Wipe every last bulb," says Ann s Choice Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica.

Though the standard dusting, vacuuming, and mopping is important, much more is involved with deep cleaning. The more obvious areas, the ones that are visible and easily accessible, are the ones to clean first: inside and outside of windows, sliding glass doors, kitchen and bathroom appliances, dusting and vacuuming.

But the purpose of cleaning to sell your house is to go deeper. Clean the inside and outside of cabinets, drawers, closets, and the refrigerator all the places that are tucked away and more hidden. The flooring is important in first impressions, and if there s carpet in the home, it s good to have it professionally cleaned. "It is more likely the buyers will overlook a home s original flooring, counters and appliances if the house sparkles," Rosica says. A good cleaning service can do all of this.

Selling success

Rosica referred her client, Roy Zelenka, to a cleaning service through the Erickson Realty & Moving Services. Zelenka moved to Ann s Choice in December 2008. He wanted his house to look as good as it possibly could very early in the selling process. So he took Rosica s advice and used the cleaning service.

"The cleaning lady did a great job," Zelenka says. He asked her to clean the bathroom, where she even deep cleaned the bathroom walls. She vacuumed and cleaned the banisters, all the places where people don t necessarily think to look but that make a difference in the first-impression appearance.

Zelenka followed his personal moving consultant s advice, and his house sold within four weeks.

The buyer needs to be able to imagine themselves in the home, and that is much easier to do when the house literally becomes a clean slate.