Sometimes life takes us in directions we never thought we would take, and sometimes life doesn’t leave us with much of a choice but to follow it wherever it leads us. For quite a lot of people, going down this path often means having to let go of your home in order to pursue greener pastures elsewhere. Unless you absolutely need to sell your home as soon as possible, your primary goal would be to maximise the selling price of your home. However, leaving your home the way it is won’t really get you anywhere; though you might like the way your home looks, feels, and smells, very rarely will home buyers feel the same way. If you really want to get the most out of your home before you hand over the keys, you are going to have to get some work done.
When it comes to dressing up your home for its potential buyer, you have access to an unlimited range of options. Replacing old furniture, getting new floors and wall coverings, updating the kitchen, and adding or tearing down a wall or two can be very effective at giving your home a fresh, modern look as well as a higher potential price tag; however, there are some limitations to this. For one, the way older homes might be constructed may make certain renovations (such as removing a wall to create a larger open space) very difficult and very expensive. And as is often the case, homeowners will not be able to procure the time and resources to devote to such a project.
Again, the goal here is to maximise the selling price of your home. However, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to do so. Simple, subtle changes – like repainting walls, rearranging furniture, and updating the decor with curtains and potted plants – can actually have significant effects without you needing to break the bank.
One part of the house that’s often overlooked, however, is the carpet. Like other types of flooring, the carpet floor serves both a practical and aesthetic function. The thick fabric of typical carpet floors works like an acoustic damper, helping to reduce reverberations or echoes in the house, making it quieter. Fabrics are also great insulators, which allows carpets to help keep a room nice and warm – great for the winter months.
Carpet floors are not without their flaws, however. Being made out of fabric, they are natural attractors and collectors of dust, dirt, grime, spills, and stains, the accumulation of which cannot be avoided. What’s more, carpet floors are usually fixed into the floor very well, which makes them difficult to remove; as such, all of that grime – tracked-in dirt from outside, spilled liquids, pet urine – creates a paradise for bacteria, germs, and pathogens that can agitate allergies and even cause diseases. Allowing these to fester in your carpet will result in unsightly stains, discolouration, and worst of all, unusual smells.
In other words, the condition of your carpet floors can very well be what makes or breaks the successful sale of your home.
Depending on the current condition of your carpet, you as the homeowner have two options if you want to refresh your fabric floors: clean or replace. However, in a majority of cases that we’ve encountered, there is little reason to spend thousands of dollars to replace your carpet floors, as a good, thorough cleaning can get the job done just as well while saving you lots of money in the long term. This is especially so as a freshly-cleaned carpet will allow it to better perform its functions, kill unwanted germs and bacteria, and last for much longer.
Of course, cleaning a carpeted floor is not exactly as easy as cleaning a movable rug, as the way carpet floors are installed makes them very difficult to remove. For that reason, cleaning a carpet using the typical detergent, water, and scrubbing combo will not give out the best possible results, as the very long drying time will still turn the carpet floor back into a bacterial breeding ground, while at the same time creating a uniquely annoying smell that is not that much different from the smell of clothes that haven’t been properly dried.
If you want your carpet floors to look, feel, and smell their absolute best for your buyers, always have them cleaned by professional cleaners. For instance professional carpet cleaning services in Brisbane use state-of-the-art steam cleaners for your carpet floors, which push a cleaning solution (read: detergent and water) through the carpet at high temperatures and pressures, which allows the solution to penetrate through to the bottom layer of the carpet, removing dirt and killing bacteria as it goes. This solution is then removed using similarly powerful vacuums, which makes sure to remove as much moisture as possible from the carpet, preventing unwanted smells and bacteria from growing.