Tips on Selling Your Home-Cleaning
Moving is a very stressful time. This is especially true when your are trying to find a new home while also attempting to sell your current one. A fast sell for the most value for your current home is ideal in these situations. In using home staging as part of preparing your home for sell, one of the things we always tell homeowners is to make your home look its very best. The most important thing in this endeavor is Cleaning. I don't mean a good, regular daily cleaning, I mean "Q-tip clean". Just as you would detail your car, you should also detail your house before putting it on the market. Whether you do the work yourself or hire a cleaning service this is a must. Buyers who come to look at your home are putting it under a microscope so to speak. They look at everything and see everything that we as homeowners may not pay much attention to on a daily basis.
So, my tip is to take each room one at a time and clean top to bottom before moving on to the next room. Start with the ceilings and work your way to the floors-
1) Do the ceilings need cleaned of smudges or cobwebs?
2) Light fixtures and ceiling fans should be cleaned thoroughly (this is a good time to replace burned out light bulbs).
3) Check the trim moldings (crown moldings, trim around windows and doors, and baseboards).
4) Wipe down walls top to bottom
5) Clean windows inside and out
6) Clean hardwood floors, clean tile and tile grout, have carpeting professionally cleaned or rent a steam cleaner yourself.
7) Bathrooms- clean all crevices and around all fixtures with an old toothbrush.
8) Kitchens- clean all areas of the sink, appliances, countertops, wipe down cabinets (upper and lower)/ inside and out), clean out refrigerators, etc.
9) Bedrooms- don't forget the closets.
10) Remember doors and doorknobs too.
I think you get the picture. It really is important. A "Q-tip clean" house will look well cared for and will be more appealing to buyers. They will be able to see themselves living there because it will also feel more like a fresh new home. It is a big chore to take on, but in the end you will be glad you did when you are closing on the sell on your home in no time!
By Penny Browning, ASP, IAHSP
Real Estyle Staging & Design