Keep it clean - tidy homes are more likely to sell

A survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by MOLLY MAID, the UK's leading professional cleaning service, and conducted by OnePoll found that 69% of people surveyed were more likely to express interest in or make an offer on a property that looked clean and tidy in the property's advertising images and during viewing appointments.

A survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by MOLLY MAID, the UK's leading professional cleaning service, and conducted by OnePoll found that 69% of people surveyed were more likely to express interest in or make an offer on a property that looked clean and tidy in the property's advertising images and during viewing appointments.

Many vendors could also lose out on securing the right price for their house even before putting it on the market, due to poor cleanliness and maintenance of the property during valuation.

"First impressions count - including when agents call in to make a valuation. Your home will attract a higher price, possibly many thousands of pounds more, if we can see it is in really good order. We can't assume you'll make the time later to fix things up," said Russell Jervis, Managing Director of haart.

Pam Bader, Chief Executive of MOLLY MAID, commented: "While it may seem common sense to properly clean and prepare a house prior to putting it on the market, the statistics show that many people don't. Time pressures and the temptation to save money for cleaning and decorating a new home instead, mean that properties are often neglected prior to sale and don't reach their full value potential.

"Spending a few hours on a thorough spring clean and basic maintenance jobs such as touching up paintwork or securing loose fixings can really make a difference. Ensuring your property is in the best possible condition at every step of the process from valuation to viewing will help to make it stand out from the crowd and achieve its maximum possible selling price."