Best Foot Forwards - Cleaning a Property for House Viewings

Selling your home can sometimes be a long and arduous process, so it is essential that you try and give your property the best chance of a sale with repairs, renovations and everything in between. Unless you just want a quick sale, it serves to reason that you should get the best possible price from selling your home, so it is a good idea to take time making it look presentable for your viewings.
Before you invite potential buyers and your estate agent into your home when you�re trying to sell up, it is important that you spend some time thoroughly cleaning each room. Some viewers will inevitably want to inspect every square inch of your home, and if there is mess to be found, they will find it. That is why you need to take care to ensure that every room is spotless and ready for the viewings. Take a look at our advice on cleaning your property in preparation for house viewings.

Outside and In
Consider the very first thing that your potential buyer will see; it�s the exterior of the property. If it is not kept in good or at least presentable condition, it can discourage people from wanting to view the property, especially if the exterior is the only thing they have to go on.
Make sure the lawn is tidy and the weeding has been done. If you have any loose paving slabs or cracked tiles on the patio, get these fixed so that they don�t become tripping hazards. Ponds should be clean, with any water features switched on and working to show it off at its best. Even making small amendments such as trimming back the weeds or adding some new potted plants can make all the difference when welcoming potential buyers.

Getting Rid of Dust
Dust is something that a lot of people can be on the lookout for, whether they are buying a new home or looking at renting a property. Dust is common, frequent, and to be expected in lived in homes and uninhabited homes alike, but it is not always welcome, particularly if people are looking at making the property their new potential home. While of course this doesn�t affect the quality of the home itself, people might worry that they will have to carry out a deep clean if there is lots of dust gathered, and some people may have dust allergies, so this could seriously put them off the house.
Use a dust-attracting duster or damp cloths for a more thorough clean, and don�t forget about high surfaces or under electrical equipment. Skirting boards and walls are surprisingly good at collecting dust, so gently wipe over them to remove this. Make sure not to dust the tops of doors, cupboards and on mantelpieces and windowsills. If you have a lot of trinkets, store them in a safe container before dusting all around. It may even be better that you store away trinkets during house viewings.

Grime Hotspots
The kitchen and bathroom are hotspots for dirt build up, so use a good bathroom cleaner to get your bathroom clean and check for mould on the ceiling, around the bath and around the windows where moisture can get trapped and build up. Grease can be a real problem in the kitchen, so you need a decent amount of mettle and a good, strong oven cleaner which can cut through that grease to get it totally clean. Extractor fans also attract grease, so check these too. Remember to try not to cook anything strong smelling before the viewings, as the smell of old food or strong air freshener can be very off-putting.
Cleaning your home on any scale can be an incredibly rewarding task to undertake, but it is also a necessity when attempting to sell your property, in order to make it look its very best. On the other hand, if you don�t feel as though you�ll be able to get it all done to a high standard yourself, why not call in a professional cleaning company to get your house clean and sparkling for you? An experienced cleaner will be able to pay special attention to detail using knowledge that you may not have and it also helps to reduce stress and pressure on you as the property owner by taking the cleaning of a whole home off your hands. It might seem extravagant, but it could also help you snag the sale you�ve been waiting for, so it�s definitely worth the expense.

Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the property industry � working alongside a selection of companies including Sussex-based cleaning specialists Apple Clean, who were consulted over the information contained in this piece.

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