Selling Your Home? 4 Simple Cleaning Tips

Careful planning and some simple cleaning tips are all you need to prepare your home for sale. Prospective buyers are willing to buy homes for top dollar if such properties are in tiptop condition.  So, here are some tips to help you prepare and stage your home.

Tip 1 – Make Your House Shine

By far, the simplest tip that you must follow in preparing your home is to make sure that it is sparkling clean. Check out every corner and remove accumulated cobwebs. Vacuum the floors and apply polishing wax if necessary. Keep all furniture and fixtures free from dust and dirt.  If you have fixed ceiling fans, be sure to clean the blades. Also, polish mirrors and metal fixtures such as faucets and door knobs.

Be mindful of the smell inside and outside your home and eliminate any source of bad odor. Wash and clean the interior and exterior surfaces of all the windows and doors. Take out stubborn dirt and grime on the driveway, external walls, and sidewalk. For this, you can rent a pressure washer.

Tip 2 – Take Out the Clutter

Sure enough, you have some junk accumulating in the basement, attic or even your closets. When selling your home, it is always a good idea to throw away anything that you do not need or use. If an item has never been used for at least a year, then there is a good chance that you or your potential buyer will no longer need it. Old books, toys, and magazines are some of the most common types of junk items that can clutter up your home, so donate or dispose of them before you even put your home up for sale. Holding a garage sale is a good way to eliminate clutter in your home while earning a few extra dollars.

Tip 3 – Repair Minor Defects

Defective lights, faucets, door knobs and even drawers can be easily fixed. These may look like minor issues, but small glitches can turn off prospective buyers. So, make it a point to replace anything that is not working inside or outside your home.

Tip 4 – Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the overall appearance of the exterior parts of your home. This includes the exterior walls and paint job, roof, driveway, front lawn, backyard, and even the sidewalk in front of your property, among other things. The ambience outside will be responsible for the first and lasting impressions about your home. The curb appeal reflects how well you have maintained your property. If potential buyers do not even like the exterior of your home, you will surely have a difficult time selling your house.

Therefore, it is very important that you keep the driveway and sidewalk clean. Even the house number must be sparkling clean. Make it a point to mow the lawn regularly. Cut away dead trees and take out large debris within your property. If you have potted plants, you should group them together to achieve a more orderly and attractive arrangement. Also, you can have your exterior walls repainted to make your home look like new.



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