As a homebuilder for four decades I’ve always been aware that when it comes to building, buying or selling homes, clean isn’t just nice, it’s essential. A clean house under construction acts as an incentive to subcontractors to keep their work areas clean and seems to encourage them to pay attention to details. Additionally, a clean construction site is a safer site for workers, agents and potential buyers. And though cleanliness might not be akin to godliness, it is certainly a critical component of good construction practices.
Clean homes are more appealing to potential buyers while a lack of cleanliness shows a lack of respect for both buyers and on site workers, and signifies that the builder and workers don’t care. Dirty and disorganized construction sites reflect poorly on both the companies involved and the product they produce. The experiences of four decades of homebuilding have convinced me that homebuyers appreciate a builder’s focus upon keeping construction sites neat and tidy.
Yes, cleanliness is essential, but it’s not limited to homes under construction; serious home sellers should pay particular attention to keeping their home neat, uncluttered and spotlessly clean. While potential buyers may not consciously be aware of the reasons they are turned off by a home, clutter and a general lack of cleanliness are important factors and their impact can be critical to a sale. When it comes to building, buying or selling homes, clean isn’t just nice, it’s essential.
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