When you sell your home, your goal is to make it as attractive to your potential buyers. A clean and smelling-good home invites people and helps sell your home faster. Save time and energy with these cleaning tips to help your home be buyer-ready .
Banish the clutter
If the house is crowded with the owner’s items, they may assume that the house is too small for their possessions. Moreover, it would be harder for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there when all your personal items like photos are up.
Also, clutter is a safety hazard. We don’t want a potential buyer to be tripping on items left on the stairs or floors.
To stage your home, banish the clutter. Box up as much of your personal stuff as you can and place them in storage.
Combat Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are problems in bathrooms. Here’s how to clean it:
- Mix liquid bleach half-and-half with water and spraying it on shower doors, shower curtains, and grout between tiles
- Use a non-streaking cleaning product, such as a glass or glass and multi-surface cleaner, for shower doors and mirrors.
- As part of a regular routine, include rinsing the tub after bathing, using a small squeegee on shower walls after each use, and drying faucets and handles to prevent water spots, will keep things clean.
Wash the Windows
A home’s curb appeal can get dragged down by dirty windows. Speed things up by using this solution: 1/2 gallon of warm water, 2-3 tablespoons liquid laundry detergent or dish soap, and 1 tablespoon liquid of Jet Dry. Simply hose your windows, wipe them down with this solution, then hose them off again. It makes your windows sparkly.
Scratch-free Hardwood floors
Should your hardwood floors have scratches and you don’t have the budget to refinish, you can use walnut oil to fill in the scratch.
A lot of homebuyers prefer the look of carpet over area rugs. Carpets give that warm look in any home and makes the are more spacious. When vacuuming, be sure to start at the farthest corner, then work backwards toward the door so you don’t leave any footprints.
For nasty-smelling carpet, sprinkle a box of baking soda before vacuuming up.
Other things to do
- Right before the open house, do a sweep through every single room to check any items which are out of place.
- Dust thoroughly. Use a dusting product so that the dust will be trapped and removed rather than scattered in the air.
- If repainting is not in your budget, clean surfaces to remove dust, grime, and fingertips.
- Consider cleaning the exterior of the house with power washers.
- Make your house smelling nice by putting a pie in the oven or fresh flowers on the table.
- Use baking soda to scrub out the fridge, oven, and stove tops.
- Take out the garbage. Deodorize your garbage can by running a few citrus peels for a fresh orangey scent.
- Dust your light fittings.
Making sure that the potential buyers feel that your home can be theirs in the future can be well-achieved by presenting a clean house that smells good.