Selling your home is definitely not a stress-free task, especially if you have your home for sale during the holiday season. One of the most stressful parts of having your home on the market is showing the home to potential buyers. This means realtors calling you up sometimes, unbeknownst to them, during the most inconvenient of times. You need to have your home as tidy as possible at all times to accommodate for those showings that happen at the drop of a hat.
So what is a home seller to do to keep their carpets looking in top shape during all the holiday festivities so that buyers see your home in its best light?
Have Carpets and Tile Professionally Deep Cleaned and Keep Them Clean
A professional carpet cleaning or even tile cleaning is recommended by nearly every carpet manufacturer every 12 to 18 months depending upon the use of the carpet and if the residents in the home have any respiratory issues. A great tip here is to have carpets cleaned before they start to look dingy.
Pay for the stain guard service. Not only will you have higher foot traffic from friends and family and maybe a party or two upping your chances for spills and stains, you will have complete strangers coming through your house and they aren’t always going to be thoughtful in removing their shoes or wiping off their feet. This will help you to spot clean more easily and have those spot treatments be successful.
Once your carpets are cleaned, keep them that way. Do whatever is in your power to keep the carpets and tile looking freshly deep cleaned. The best thing you can do to keep carpets looking fresh and well cared for giving the best impression to buyers is with regular routine vacuuming and sweeping. It is best to vacuum once a week and twice is even better if you have time. Try to vacuum on the same day each week and make sure to vacuum properly. The proper way to vacuum is slowly. Vacuuming is a bit like lawn mowing; you wouldn’t go out to your lawn and just start pushing the mower around in every which direction as fast as you could because you would miss spots and it would end up taking you longer to get the job done. The same is true of vacuuming. You need to methodically push the machine in rows like a lawnmower. Go slowly when pulling the vacuum toward you this is the motion that sucks up most of the dirt and make sure to overlap rows to not miss anything.
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Avoid Weather-Related Damage
This time of year in many areas, especially here in Hawaii, there is the sand and ocean to deal with. There are many things that can get tracked into your home and onto the carpet throughout the year.
The best defense against these is a great offense. Have high-quality doormats on each side of every exterior door. The outside mat should have a brush/ bristle type of texture to get a large amount of gunk off of shoes and the inside mat can be whatever texture you wish except shag. Make sure the mats are the same width of your door so shoes can’t bypass them.
Should You Just Replace the Carpet Before Listing?
Many times all your carpet needs is a good professional deep cleaning, but if your carpet pile is crushed, there are several repairs that need to be done, there are countless stains, or it is older than 10 years and it looks it, you will want to consider replacing the carpet or offering a new flooring credit.
Of course, this is just one of the things you can do to get your home ready for sale. For specifics on your home, give our office a call! We’d love to help you plan, prep, and get ready for listing.