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70% of Buyer's are turned off by this!

Friday, March 1, 2019   /   by Sara Koenig

70% of Buyer's are turned off by this!

Clean, Clean, Clean.....Trust me!

The headline is right...over 70% of home buyer's are put off by a home that has bad odors, or stains on the carpeting and walls.  This just turns them off right away.  So, take care of any issues before your home even hits the market.

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 are a few of the top things to remember to clean for each room.

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+ Clean the door and hardware.
+ Wipe off all fingerprints on windows/furniture.
+ Clean off scuff marks on floors and door.
+ Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working.
+ Tidy/clean up the coat closet. People WILL look in there to see the size.


+ Wipe down all cabinets.
+ Clean all appliances, inside and out.
+ Clean stove hood, on top and bottom.
+ Clean behind the refrigerator, on top and bottom too.
+ Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatter.
+ 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/food out of sight.

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+ Clean behind toilet and under sink.
+ Only display absolute necessities, de-clutter. Think just a towel and soap. :)
+ Organize and clean under the vanity.
+ Scrub floors and clean grout lines.
+ Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor.
+ Be sure to lock away any medication.
+ Clean the fan and make sure it's functioning.
+ Replace any dead light bulbs.


+ Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets.
+ Clean the curtains and rugs.
+ Dust furniture.
+ Remove any obvious stains from fabrics.
+ Keep closets clean and organized.  Minimize items in there if possible.
+ 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 would highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition.

If you have stale or bad odors a good trick is to place a bowl of vinegar in each room for a few days.  You can also buy carbon packets at Home Depot that help!


Other items such as touch up painting might be necessary and having a professional Realtor come see your home can be a big help with determining some of those items that may need to be tended to as well.

Hopefully, these tips are helpful!  Know that I am here whenever the time is right for you to sell!  Working with a professional makes all the difference!

Best, Sara

Sara Koenig | Spokane Realtor
Haven Real Estate Group
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