When you’re selling a house, it’s up to you to make it as appealing to buyers as possible. As a real estate agent, there might be times when you have to take matters into your own hands and clean the house yourself.
An estate cleanout usually requires a quick turnaround – and it can be overwhelming to haul away all the previous tenant’s belongings. To help you out, here are a few estate cleanout tips that will help you prepare the home for a new owner:
Improve your curb appeal
Nothing is more important than a first impression. The first thing potential buyers will see is the external appearance of the house – this will set the tone for the rest of their tour. Simple things like adding mulch to your planting beds, painting the front door, and trimming the grass will make a huge difference to your home’s curb appeal. According to a survey by Zillow, curb appeal was named one of the five most important factors in selling a home. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, this article lists some affordable ways to improve your curb appeal.
Clear the clutter and get cleaning
A messy house full of clutter is a big turnoff for potential buyers. If you have a lot of stuff lying around, the house will appear smaller and it will give the buyer the impression that there isn’t space for their stuff. Once you get rid of all the odds and ends lying around, make sure you clean the entire house. The kitchen and bathroom are the major sellers, so make sure these areas get the most attention. An unkempt bathroom will send buyers running. Clean the floors, wash the windows, dust thoroughly, and get rid of any weird smells.
Donate or sell unwanted items
In the case of an estate cleanout, there’ll be items you’ll want to keep, and items you’ll want to get rid of. For the larger or more expensive items like furniture, jewelry, and antiques, hire an estate appraiser to value them. An estate appraiser will give you an estimate for each item, charging an hourly fee. Remember, most clothing items have little resale value (unless they’re designer or vintage), so donate the clothing items you don’t want to keep and can’t sell to charity organizations. We also recommend recycling miscellaneous items – whether it’s plastic, wood, or metal.
Get a professional to remove your junk
Most estate cleanout situations can result in a great quantity of furniture, appliances, household goods, and even garbage and debris that must be cleaned up and hauled out. Since it’s a time-sensitive situation, you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Not only do you need to haul heavy items out of the home, you also need to ensure that the home isn’t damaged in the process. Instead of trying to do this on your own, we recommend hiring a professional estate cleanout service.
Want to make use of estate cleanout services? Junk King offers fast and friendly junk hauling with an emphasis on eco-friendly practices. With these green practices in mind, we’ll clear the entire house and yard of any junk, clutter, or debris. We can also rip out those pesky carpets, tear down drywall, or perform other demo services upon request. Working with Junk King will give you the peace of mind you need to carry on with your job – we’re timeous, efficient, professional, and we recycle, reuse, and donate everything we can (instead of filling up America’s increasing landfills). If you’d like to know more tips and tricks for real estate cleaning and junk removal, download our helpful guide: