Excellent Selling Tips From The Cleaning Professional

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Real Estate Services with Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service Inc.

Get your home ready for the sale. This means clean,clean,clean. We work with many realtors and their clients to prepare their home to put on the market, and provide the maintenance to keep the home "show ready". We can''t stress this enough, a clean, neat home will usually sell faster and for more money.

We offer the following advice:  You need to remove as much clutter as possible. It is a great time to make donations to your favorite charity, clean out all you unused things from the basement, attic, and garage. Remove as much as possible from your closets to give the impression of more room. Keep bathroom and kitchen counters as clear as possible. If you leave items out, it give the impression that you don''t have enough storage available.

It may be a good idea to rent a storage space if you still have a lot of items left in the house. Once you get rid of the clutter, then you clean. Everything.

Pay attention to the exterior. Curb appeal can sell a home. If a home looks inviting and well kept from the outside, buyers can be much less critical of some issues on the inside. A home that looks good from the street makes people want to buy it. That is the first step to getting an offer. Make sure the landscaping looks good, the exterior of the house is cleaned, the gutters and windows are in good repair.

On to a more sensitve issue. Smell. If you smoke or have animals, you may have some issues to deal with concerning smell. Many older homes also have a musty odor in the basement. Buyers do not want a home with an odor. Non-smokers may not even consider a home with even a faint smoke smell, and issues from cats and dogs can be just as bad. If you have pets or smoke, it would be a good idea to have your home and carpets professional cleaned.

This is an example of some of the incentive packages that we offer to our real estate agents we work with that then in turn offer to their sellers and/or buyers:

We offer an excellent gift idea of a massage/house-cleaning package for $110. 

We also have some great packages that we offer as incentives for potential home buyers that has been very successful, such as:  "Six months of free housecleaning".  We can offer one of these packages for as little as $750, which is a small price to pay to sell your home.  You can offer this package in your advertising and you have absolutely nothing to lose. 

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Mona - What a great service, too bad you're not in the DC Area :) Good luck.

Stan Barsch

July 22, 2008 04:10 PM
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Mona,

I wish you well and hope that your success in business never ends.....welcome to the AR family.

July 22, 2008 04:50 PM
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Hi Mona and welcome to active|rain. There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

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Mona,

I hope you get as much out of Activerain as I have and I think you can network with a lot of agents and stagers that could use your services. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to call!

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

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Mona - welcome to the rain.  Wonderful first blog - full of creative ideas for us agents.  A clean house is a must for a seller - and I think it is a great service to offer - sometimes a professional will see things that an owner would miss.  Good job and good luck to you!

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