7 Cleaning Tips Before Listing Your Home for Sale

When you first decide to sell your home, you may think it’s going to be as easy as putting up the listing and waiting for the offers to roll in. Every home tends to accumulate grime that you look right over, but a potential buyer will immediately notice. Give your home a better chance of standing out by focusing on these seven cleaning tips.

1. Carpet Cleaning 

Even if you vacuum your carpets every day, they still need a deep cleaning every so often. You can hire professionals or rent a steam cleaner and do it yourself. Either way the results will be noticeable to buyers.

2. Windows

It only takes a couple of seasons of rough weather to leave the outsides of your windows looking grimy and dull. Clean your windows inside and out until they sparkle. To make the cleaning last as long as possible, use a water repellant product on the outside glass.

3. Baseboards 

The toe boards that provide a barrier between the floor and the wall are one of the most neglected areas in the home when it comes to cleaning. Get a bucket of soapy water and an old rag and go to town on your baseboards. You will be surprised at the difference it can make in a room.

4. Ceilings 

You probably don’t look up very often to check on the state of your ceilings, but be assured any buyers will be closely examining them. Get on a ladder and use a sponge and warm water to gently wipe away any dust, dirt and other debris.

5. Grout 

Grout is generally found in the rooms of your home with the most moisture. It’s easy for grout to become dull, crusty or mildewy. Take a good look at your tiled areas to assess the state of the grout. If there are any problem areas, use a grout brush and paste to freshen them up.

6. Declutter 

When you look at your things, you see items that you love and have spent a lifetime carefully curating. A buyer will see clutter that looks messy and unattractive. Securing a storage unit to pack away extra stuff can help your home sell more quickly.

7. Deodorize 

Real estate agents famously will add a drop of vanilla to the light bulbs or spray an air freshener that smells like freshly baked cookies when showing a home. They do this for a good reason. No one wants to buy a smelly house. With this in mind, identify any areas that accumulate unpleasant odors and eliminate them at the source.

Giving your home a good scrubbing before you put it on the market will make it seem newer and brighter. A house that smells fresh and sparkles is easy to picture as the perfect place to make a home.

Written By Ryan Cooper