Why Well-Cleaned Carpets Help Sell Homes


There will come a point in your life when you would need to let go of your home. Some might leave their slow, suburban lives to pursue a career in a fast-paced, upscale urban neighbourhood. Others may be doing the opposite, giving up a life in the fast lane to settle down in a quieter town. And others still might even leave the country altogether for a real change of pace.

Whatever the reason, you will need money for such a big move, and selling your house will both give you the funds for the move and free you of the hassle of having to find someone to care for the house while you are living somewhere else. And if you are reading this, chances are you’re having a bit of trouble doing just that.

The real estate industry – especially the second-hand property market – is an aggressive battlefield.

Sellers are looking for the highest price they can sell their home, while buyers are looking for the best deal they can get for a new home. And in the middle of all this is the realtor, who will do all that they can to reconcile both sides and secure the best deal.

If you’re having trouble selling your home, realtors heartily recommend that you exert some effort into making it look presentable to prospective buyers. To this end, there is a lot to do: moving out all of your personal belongings; sprucing up and updating your furnishings; repainting your walls, and getting your home nice and clean.

All of these are pretty standard ways to help you gain some leverage on your asking price, but a lot of people tend to neglect a part of the house that’s both figuratively and literally under their noses – the carpet. Consulting with a professional carpet cleaning company will allow you to fully understand what is required to help sell your home.

Carpet floors usually require a lot more care and attention compared to other types of flooring, as the nature of fabric makes it particularly susceptible to bacteria, mould, and mildew growth. This makes carpet maintenance especially tricky (read: expensive) compared to other floors.

Many homeowners tend to delay, push back, or otherwise neglect carpet cleaning for this very reason; however, realtors advise that you shell out the money to have a professional clean your carpets, as they say, that doing so makes your home more pleasing to house hunters, allows you to bump up your asking price, and also helps secure the sale in the first place. Here are a few reasons why it works.

Boosts House’s Selling Factor

Ideally, the carpet floor’s purpose in the house is to provide a comfortable surface for people to walk on, which is why it is often used in bedrooms, living rooms, and playrooms.

Over time, however, carpets will pick up dust and dirt and absorb all sorts of stains, especially liquid ones like coffee and ketchup. These stains, besides becoming great breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, are also a visual eyesore for both homeowner and home buyer alike.

Besides statins, carpet fabric also absorbs urine from pets, which leaves a noticeable smell that is an immediate turnoff for buyers.

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A proper, high-quality carpet cleaner will use good equipment to really work through the carpet and remove unwanted dirt, stains, germs, and odours. A well-maintained carpet, therefore, will look cleaner, feel softer to the touch, smell fresher, last longer, and be safer for people who use it. And home buyers will take notice.

Saves Money on Maintenance

Carpets are no doubt difficult and expensive to maintain, and at times it may seem like removing and replacing your carpet floors is the only effective solution.

However, this is not actually the case; unless your carpets are in really bad shape, a professional carpet cleaner will restore your carpets to its former condition, achieving the same effect without you spending a small fortune on having them replaced.

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Some carpet cleaning services may also offer carpet protection services, which apply a protective solution over your carpet floors. These carpet protectors keep dirt and grime from getting embedded too far into the carpet, making them easily removable by vacuum, and also help mitigate the effect of spills, making them easier to clean and remove.

This will help a lot with keeping your carpet well-maintained after the deep cleaning, especially over several open house days where realtors and first-time house buyers will come in and track dirt into the carpets.

Allows a Higher Asking Price

If there’s anything that a hardwood floor and a marble tile floor have in common, it’s that they’re both expensive, and like expensive fixtures and furniture, they add to the value of the house. But although carpets are often more expensive to maintain than wood or stone floors, they are often seen as a lower-quality floor. This may be because a lot of the time homeowners will not spend the money needed to keep their carpet floors in shape.

Shelling out the money to clean your carpets will improve its texture, restore its colour, extend its lifespan, and even add a pleasant smell to a room. If done right, a fresh, clean carpet will give a more luxurious feel to a house that prospective buyers will see and feel for themselves. And this, if done at the same time as other house sale preparations, will make your house look a lot more expensive to the buyer, which will allow you to justify a higher asking price.

Carpets are tricky to work with. These fabric floors tend to gather dirt, stains, and bacteria a lot more quickly and a lot more readily compared to wood or stone, and the fact that they dry slowly means they become breeding grounds for mould and mildew.

Because of this, they tend to get a bit of a bad rap among homeowners and home buyers, the latter of which often prefer having them removed altogether. But if given the right care and attention done with the right tools by the right people, the carpet floor will bring its own unique quirks into the home, adding a soft, fuzzy, cosy feel that is incomparable amongst home flooring options.

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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr

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