Most homeowners’ questions about maximizing their home’s value focus on potential renovations or repairs. But the simplest way to make your house more attractive to potential buyers is to give it a good wipe down before an open house.
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Where does a well-intentioned duster even begin? Do you need to do a deep cleaning or just a light wipe?
Founder and Creative Director of Shamrock Hill Designs Kerry Whippee explains that potential buyers may not notice dust in photos, but they will in person. “There are many potential areas that sellers tend to forget to clean. A staging consultant can point out these places, as attention to detail is part of the staging job,” explains Whippee.
In addition, remember that bathrooms must still be thoroughly cleaned before pictures can be taken, and that everything from furniture to flooring must be spotless and polished before an open house.
Where do most people tend to miss out?
The most important time to dust and clean is before you show your home to a potential buyer. One area you cannot forget is the bathroom.
When it comes to deep cleaning bathrooms, homeowners tend to forget about stains or simply think they might not be that important. Whippee says that you must not forget the dust and dirt that can collect under the toilet and behind the faucets. There is nothing worse than going to an open house and walking into a dirty bathroom.
These areas are definitely harder to see and sometimes even harder to reach. Nevertheless, many potential buyers pay close attention to the areas that are harder to get to, as they may give a more complete picture of the property’s actual condition.
Think about it this way: If the homeowner won’t make an effort to keep these areas clean for the open house, what wasn’t taken care of?
How to minimize dust before an open house.
“The best way to minimize dust in a house is to keep on top of it by cleaning often,” says Whippee.
One option is to use an air purifier to reduce dust in the air. However, Whippee says it should only be done before and after the open house, not during the open house, to avoid raising suspicions about what might be wrong with the ventilation system. Whippee also suggests new vent covers as a cheap, low maintenance and simple solution to the dust problem.
“It’s hard to see things with a fresh eye when you’re a homeowner,” says Whippee. “Invite a neighbor or friend over, ask them to be brutally honest and spot any problems with the house. Don’t be offended, take action on what they find.”