First off, let me share an experience I had with a friend recently. His name is Logan, and he loves cars. He has some projects he’s currently working on, he has an auto dealer’s license.

In other words, he eats, drinks, and breathes cars.

I was asking him some questions about what makes a good car, and Logan was adamant that what’s “on the inside” really doesn’t matter. If the car gets someone from point A to point B, then all the rest of the considerations are just looks.

Looks.

He told me that in the past year, he has bought six cars that looked crappy, gave them a good cleaning, and sold them the next week- all for a profit!

It comes down to how someone feels about the car. If it’s dirty, has dust accumulated, and gum stuck in between the seats, the value drops like a rock. This is surprising mainly because the looks of the car have little to do with its main function: to get us where we need to go. Cars mean different things to different people, but we can all agree on one thing: we pay more for cars based on how they look.

Now let’s pivot to homes. The concept that we discussed rings true here as well. Eaglewood Homes in the Boise area has seen hundreds of homes built and sold and they agree that the feeling one gets when walking through a squeaky clean home is vastly better for value.

So if you’re getting ready to sell your home, it’s time for a thorough cleaning. I’m not talking about remodeling, either. Simply wiping all the surfaces, getting rid of stains, and making sure the carpeting looks nice will drastically affect the way someone feels about your home.

Which will make them pay more for it.

And that’s what matters in the end.