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Home Clean Home – How to Clean your Home before Selling

Posted on Feb 13, 2017

How to Clean a Home before listing it for sale_Tom DeFazio_ChrisSmithRealty_SpringLakeNJ

Preparing your home for sale is a lot to think about. The cleanliness and freshness of your home are so important – they are among the first things buyers see and feel, for better or worse, upon entering your home.

As we approach the spring real estate market, here are tips for cleaning and refreshing the inside of your home:

Make a Punch List
Walk each room of your home and make a list of all the big and small cleaning projects that will need to be accomplished. One main list will help you track your progress and keep you on course without getting side-tracked. If you think of another project while cleaning, add it to your list and stay focused on the task at hand.

Think Luxury Hotel when Cleaning Your Home Before Listing it for Sale
Imagine for a moment that you are walking into a 5-star luxury hotel room. What do you do first? What are your first impressions? I first look out the windows – crystal clear and clean to enjoy the view. I then check out the bathroom, pristine, clean and fresh. Consider that it is also what we don’t see that we love, we don’t see the clutter of our homes and the reminders of chores not yet done.

We can appreciate the room space without distraction. And our senses are heightened to enter a room where you don’t have to do anything!

Clean Your “Luxury Hotel”
Before spending a ton of money on cleansers, get back to the basics, vinegar, ammonia or bleach (depending on what is being cleaned) mixed with water are inexpensive and powerful cleaners. Be sure to follow instructions on each product for cleaning.

  • Bathroom
    • Clean lights, windows, glass, mirrors, grout, floor, walls, counters, tub, shower
    • DeClutter and clear all counters and shelves of everything – it all goes away. Organize and clean out all cabinets and drawers.
    • Consider if grout, hardware, rugs or towels need to be replaced.
  • Kitchen
    • Clean lights, windows, grout, floor, walls, counters, sink, all surfaces, and appliances.
    • DeClutter and clear all counters and cabinets of everything. Organize all cabinets and pantry. Keep drain and dishwasher empty and clean. Remove small appliances from counters.
    • Consider if hardware, rugs, mats, sink hardware or dishtowels need to be replaced.
  • Bedroom
    • Clean lights, windows, floor, carpets, walls, all surfaces, linens, window treatments, furniture.
    • DeClutter and remove all personal items from view. Organize closets.
    • Consider if there are pieces of furniture that can be removed to create more space.
  • Living Room
    • Clean lights, windows, floor, carpets, walls, all surfaces, window treatments, furniture.
    • DeClutter and remove all personal items from view. Remove all stacks of DVD’s and organize and hide all wires from tv’s game systems and computers. Remove blankets that are not decorative.
    • Consider if there are pieces of furniture that can be removed to create more space. Consider if throw pillows should be replaced or removed completely.

Prep tips for every room before you list your home for sale

  • Pets: Eliminate pet odors and keep all pet areas clean.
  • Personal Items: Remove personal items throughout the house.
  • Light: Improve the lighting in rooms that are too dark.
  • Freshness: Keep your home smelling fresh and clean.
  • Spackle and Paint: All walls should be clean. Also, consider if a room could benefit from a new coat of paint. Paint is the easiest way to refresh and update a room.

It can be challenging to keep a home in luxury hotel condition 24/7 while your house is on the market. You will find that it becomes part of the routine of your day and will be well worth it when buyers fall in love with your home!

About the Author: Thomas DeFazio is a full-time Realtor® at Chris Smith Realty in Spring Lake, New Jersey serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties. (732) 320-2431 |  tdefazio@chrissmithrealty.com.

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