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This One Thing Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster

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Like many people at the moment, you might be looking to sell your home. If so, this simple household project could help you unload it with a quickness.

Based on research conducted by HomeLight, a real estate service for buyers and sellers, simply deep cleaning your home before putting it on the market can get you the best return on investment (ROI). Generally, it costs around $169 to get your space thoroughly clean, but it can increase its value by up to $1,728, which is a 935% ROI.

Elizabeth O’Neill, a real estate broker in New York City, told Real Homes that buyers want to see that a home has been loved and cared for before they purchase it. Nothing communicates that faster than a clean space.

However, there’s another important reason to deep clean: photos.

As virtual showings are still a thing, and given the popularity online listings, you’ll need to take photos of your home. And, according to HomeLight’s Annie Dreshfield, it’ll look best in pics when it’s spotless.

“A home that’s deep cleaned and polished to a T will photograph better, show better, and provide a clean slate for potential buyers to imagine themselves decorating and living in the space,” Dreshfield said. “All of which can translate to potentially higher offers once your home is on the market.”

If you’re in the process of selling, you can hire a professional to deep clean your home. If you prefer to save some cash, though, you can always tackle the job yourself.

[Via Real Homes]

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