5 Reasons Your Home Isn’t Selling

Posted on July 9, 2015. Filed under: Atlanta House Cleaning, Clearing Clutter | Tags: , , , , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

House Falling Apart

The temperatures are rising, and so are the “For Sale” signs. Spring & Summer are the most popular times to put a home on the market but the competition is fierce.  (According to Realtor®, 50% of homes are sold in the Summer).

If your home isn’t selling fast enough, here are some possible reasons:

Low Curb Appeal

First impressions are vital. Make sure landscaping plants and trees are neatly pruned; the lawn is mowed and edged, and the yard is clear of debris and clutter. Clean gutters and wash decks, the driveway, and siding. Plant a few well-placed flowers. Freshly paint the doors, shutters, and even the whole exterior, if necessary.


Less is best. Rooms packed with possessions appear smaller than they are. Pack away the majority of your knick-knacks and personal photos. Purge the closets and garage of unneeded items—you’ll save money on the move.

Make it easy for prospective buyers to envision their own things in your space. Remove excess furnishings and reposition sofas and chairs to create an obvious traffic flow. Leave only a few items on the kitchen counter. Tidy up the bathrooms and hang new shower curtains if necessary. Keep only the most healthy and beautiful houseplants.


Odors linger. If your household includes pets or a smoker, or if you’re into highly seasoned cooking, those odors might be off-putting to a prospect. Remove odors by deep clean carpeting, upholstery, and drapes.  If you have cats, be sure to clean their box at least daily.


Hire a professional house cleaning company for a deep cleaning that will make your house sparkle and smell fresh. Have them wash windows, clean baseboards, polish door knobs and hinges; clean ceiling fixtures and fans; and deep-clean bathrooms and kitchens. (Note: for our detail cleaning checklist, click here.)


A fresh coat of paint does wonders to brighten up a home. Keep colors soft and neutral; buyers should not be distracted by unusual or deep color schemes. If a buyer wants to add a dramatic flair to the walls, they are free to do so after they buy your home.

Remove every potential distraction and objection that a prospective buyer might have about your house. Ensure that they focus on your beautiful home, not your stuff, and you’ll be moving sooner than you can imagine.

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About the author:

Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9652.

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