You want to put your home up for sale on the Tucson real estate market. You invested in a kitchen remodel because you needed it and knew it would help increase the value of your property. Other upgrades included installing smart home features that so many buyers look for in today's homes. Even those little projects you managed to put off for so long have now been completed. One of the last items on the list? Cleaning. Yes. Before you show your property to any potential buyers or even take photos, you need to make sure your house is cleaned from top to bottom. While some things can easily be tackled by you and your family, other cleaning chores should be left to the pros. They possess both the proper equipment and skills to tackle jobs that might take you several hours. Even after that amount of back-breaking effort on your part, it still might not come out as good as it could. So, when should you call in the cavalry?

While many cleaning chores can be tackled in a DIY manner, others require special attention, skills, and tools to restore them to their former glory. Find out when it's time to call in a professional to tackle your cleaning before you sell your Tucson home.

Cleaning Chores to Leave to the Pros

Upholstered Furniture

Search Tucson homes for saleLet's face it. Day-to-day life gets messy. Spills happen. Over-the-counter cleaning agents tend to discolor upholstered fabric. Time to call in the professionals. They know which cleaners work effectively yet still protect the fabric you need to be cleaned. Also, most companies guarantee their work in case it gets damaged in the clean-up. This works especially well if you own antiques. It also helps remove bad smells like pet and cigarette odors. The last thing you need is to have a buyer leave because your house stinks.

Granite or Marble Counters

Scratches, dings, stains. We put our countertops through a lot every single day. This leaves them looking less than their best...which might not make a very good impression on potential buyers. Not only will a pro clean each surface, but they may also be able to smooth out the dings, get rid of stains, and seal it up to make it look as good as new without all the hassle and money it takes to replace it altogether.

Grout

Whether your home features tile floors, counters or showers, dingy grout is never a good look. But instead of scrubbing every nook and cranny with a toothbrush and industrial-strength cleanser, hire a professional to do the work. Put your efforts elsewhere, like shopping for new drawer pulls or accessories.

Exterior Windows

The sun provides a great light source to brighten up the interior of your Tucson home. But, if your windows are covered in dirt and grime, that blocks this beautiful light from streaming inside. Oftentimes, cleaning the outside of the windows can be difficult. That especially rings true with two-story houses. Call a pro to take care of this. Many companies include interior window washing as part of their service fee, saving you a bit of time. 

Flooring

Whether wood or carpet, your flooring must look its best before buyers check it out. Yes, most home improvement stores and even grocery stores rent out carpet shampooers. However, unless you know exactly what you're doing, you might end up over-soaping the carpets. Also, many of those shampoo rentals aren't as good as what professional carpet cleaners use. They also know how to spot treat certain stains and make them practically disappear. Wood floors require a special touch as well, especially if your floor shows signs of scratches and fading.

You want your home to put its best face forward when you list it on the market. Therefore, it needs a good deep cleaning. Save yourself time, hassle, and the wear and tear on your bones. Hire a pro to take care of the heavy lifting.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate