Cleaning 101 Before Listing

Cleaning 101 Before Listing

Before you put your home up for sale, you’ll want to ensure it’s clean for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn’t appealing, and you won’t get a good offer, if you get one at all, if your home isn’t in tip-top shape. Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Below I’ve listed the top things to remember to clean for each room.

FOYER:
  • Clean the door and hardware.
  • Wipe off all fingerprints on doors/furniture.
  • Wash windows inside and out so they are sparkling clean.
  • Clean off scuff marks on floors and doors.
  • Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working.
  • Tidy/clean up all the closets. People WILL look in them to see the size.
KITCHEN:
  • Wipe down all cabinets.
  • Clean all appliances, inside and out.
  • Clean stove hood, on top and bottom.
  • Clean behind and under the refrigerator, on top and bottom too.
  • Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatters.
  • Clean the space behind the sink.
  • Wipe down blinds/shades.
  • Wash any kitchen rugs, clean the floors and baseboards.
  • Store all of your pet food/people food out of sight.
BATHROOMS:
  • Clean behind the toilet and under the sinks.
  • Only display absolute necessities and declutter.
  • Organize and clean under the vanities.
  • Scrub floors and clean grout lines.
  • Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor.
  • Be sure to lock away any medication.
  • Clean the ceiling fans and make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Replace any dead lightbulbs.
BEDROOMS:
  • Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets.
  • Clean the curtains and rugs.
  • Dust all furniture.
  • Remove any obvious stains from fabrics.
  • Keep closets clean and organized.
  • Store away dirty clothes and personal photos.
  • Clean marks on walls.

These are just the basics you don’t want to forget about. If it’s within your budget, I’d highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition. Contact your REALTOR® to get local recommendations.

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