How to Clean When Your Home is For Sale

Executing a deep clean before putting your home on the market will not only help it shine, but it will make tidiness easier to maintain between showings. A home that isn’t cleaned can be noticeable to buyers and sometimes puts the home in a negative light. As homeowners, we rarely look at baseboards, grout in tubs, etc, but potential buyers are looking closely to see what items they will need to complete upon moving in. Here are some power-cleaning tips to try.

Clean windows make a huge difference.
Remove window screens and place them outside on a tarp or other clean, waterproof surface. Use a garden hose, an all-purpose cleaner, and a soft brush to gently clean the screens. You don’t need anything special to polish up window glass; just mix a solution of one part white vinegar to eight parts water, plus a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Wipe with newspaper to avoid streaks. (Washing on a cloudy day also reduces streaking).  Windex makes a product for exterior window washing the easy to use with a garden hose.

The fridge is the most common source of kitchen smells.
Scrub the inside of the fridge with a baking soda and water solution. Baking soda in the fridge can help keep odors at bay.  It may be best to not cook too spicy of foods in the kitchen or at least use your vent as you don’t want to create an odor in the home for showings.

Think outside the house.
It’s amazing the difference a sparkling entryway makes to your home’s curb appeal. Wipe down your front door, give the doormat a good shake/vacuum, and make sure dust and dirt haven’t collected on outdoor furniture. Use a pressure washer to give your driveway and garage floor a good cleaning.

Target the Bathroom.
For tile floors, apply your usual cleaner and clean the grout.  There are professional cleaners that can paint and seal the grout which turns out really well.  Clean tubs and showers really well.

Make your bed better.
Consider freshening up your comforter or adding extra decorative pillows.

Wash the walls.
Grease, smoke, and dust can adhere to walls and make even the best decorating look dingy.  Clean walls or add touch up paint to walls that have been nicked.

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