Vacant home sales and absentee owner home sales in Barrington are what we do best.
If you have a vacant home to sell it doesn’t matter if you have recently vacated it or if it’s been empty for a while, there’s nothing as important as a jolly good clean. It needs to sparkle and shine inside and out. It doesn’t have to have all the upgrades, the latest in styles and fads, it needs to be clean, tidy and in working order.
If your home has been occupied by tenants and you haven’t seen it in a while, don’t assume it’s the same as it was when you left it. You might be a clean freak but the chance of your tenant being the same is slim. Plus when they leave, they’ll not glance back at all, it’s time to move out and move on and that’s their primary focus, not the cleanliness of your house.
If your house has been sitting empty for a while don’t be surprised at how many spiders have taken up residence, built their webs, or how much dust has settled over time, or worse how many dead bugs there are.
Kitchens are a haven for crumbs and spills and the inside of cabinets will be the worst offenders. Look too in all the closets for dirt left behind. Light bulbs might need replacing, your yard might need tidying, there may be left behind trash that needs removing and disposing of. No matter where you look, it won’t need a keen eye to realize the house needs some spit and polish and there’ll be some general things to get done before you list for sale.
What about if you’ve been listed but not sold. Same rules apply. Empty houses don’t get as dirty as lived in houses but they don’t stay clean for long.
So our recommendation is to call a cleaning company and ask them to come and do a move out clean. Ask them to remove the trash. Have a quick yard clean up done too. These are not a budget breaking events and they’ll present your home in it’s best possible light, showing buyers that you care. After all dirt can elicit the worst emotional response, certainly not what you want when trying to sell. We want buyers to go Oooooh not EW!
How can we take your clean house to the next level? Without anyone living in the house we don’t want a musty smell to develop, so let’s add some air fresheners around the house. As part of our service we’ll make sure these are replaced as needed, we like to pick a mountain fresh scent or spring rain. Not too strong and not icky, just fresh.
If you have stained carpets then a professional clean is less costly than replacing them. If they are beyond a good steam clean, well let’s talk about that next time when we address repairs or credits.
Serving Barrington and the nearby suburbs, call us if you have a home to sell, we can do it all remotely, saving you time and aggravation. Corinne can be reached by email or at 847-363-3686.