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Sellers, please do one thing...

Please...Mr. and Mrs. seller, do one thing for me.




If here is one thing that buyers will turn their nose up at is a house that is dirty.

A clean house will not have much of an odor.

If you need to burn candles or back pies to make the home smell good, buyers wonder what you are trying to cover up.


Look in the corners, under the sofa, under the beds.

Surface cleaning helps, but a deep cleaning can't be beat!


Comment balloon 20 commentsWilliam Feela • April 26 2018 10:42AM


Good morning, William Feela oh how I hate seeing a 'dirty house" .... How can people live like that...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 2 years ago

Morning William.

I've had clients who refused to enter a home due to the smell.  Clean and tidy is how all homes should be when they are ready to be sold

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning, William... till the day I die I will not understand how people live in less than clean homes, especially those who can afford outside help to clean. What most people think of as a deep clean to sell their home is SOP in my house. I couldn't sleep otherwise.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 2 years ago

Good advice for home sellers. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

I totally agree. Many of those air fresheners have cloying scents which can turn off buyers so having a clean house that doesn't need them is a great thing.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning William. Cleaning is time consuming but not costly and it pays.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Good morning William.  I can only add my voice to try to spread the word to all sellers about keeping their homes clean.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

Good morning William Feela ,

You are so right. If a seller can't do anything else CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEAN again!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

This is important advice to share with home sellers.

I hope you are enjoying a very productive week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Such a great message William Feela , nothing worse than a dirty home when it comes time for a showing

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

There is no substitute for deep down clean!  It makes the best impression. 

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Keller Williams of Central PA) over 2 years ago

William, it is so true, clean, clean and do some more cleaning before putting a home on the market! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Boy William sometimes I feel I am talking to teenagers or little kids when I tell them the importance of cleanliness...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 2 years ago

When sellers ask me what they need to do to get their home ready to sell, that is always the first thing that I tell them.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) over 2 years ago

I think most people fail to realize just how much they truly need to clean their house before it hits the market.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

Hi William

This is certainly valuable advice as a dirty home sends a powerful and not positive message to buyers. It can be a big job in some cases and many do not realize how much they might have to do!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 2 years ago

William- I know that all agents and stagers shout this out with you. Sellers, if it's not in your budget to paint or update, at least make it clean. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

I've seen homes sell with dog poop on the floor and homes that reeked of cat urine... but no where near market value William Feela 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 2 years ago

I love the smell and look of a clean house. Buyers respond to a clean house with better offers.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 2 years ago

A dirty house is the biggest turn off.  It will also bring in low offers

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 2 years ago