While homebuyers may initially show interest in your home because of its location, number of bedrooms, or the size of its kitchen, their decision to make an offer – or walk away – may rest on the condition of the carpets.
Carpet Cleaning Benefits
Even the most well-maintained home will seem dingy if the carpets are dirty. Prospective buyers don’t want to feel as if they are walking through your home – they want to imagine the house as their own.
The most important benefit of professional carpet cleaning before selling your house is that it makes your home look and feel like new. However, it is not the only reason to have your carpets professionally cleaned:
- Like-new appearance: If your carpets are badly worn or stained, you may need to replace them before putting your house on the market. However, you may be surprised at how much difference professional carpet cleaning can make.
- Odor and stain removal: If you smoke, have pets, or have simply lived in your home for a decade or more, your carpets have probably picked up stubborn odors and stains. While you may not notice them, prospective buyers will – and will mentally cross your house off their list of favorite properties.
- Convenience: Moving to your new home while preparing your old house for showings can be hectic. Hiring a professional carpet cleaning service to take care of the floors frees you up to take care of other things.
Carpet Cleaning Cost
Having your carpets professionally cleaned will usually cost between $100 – $300, depending on the square footage of your house. While it may seem like one more expense, consider it an investment in the sale of your home. A few hundred dollars could be the difference between selling your home quickly, and letting it sit on the market for months.