Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
We get very comfortable living in our homes, and we become accustomed to the items we keep around us. (My husband calls it crap!) Often, we don’t realize that to others; it would appear as just that-crap and most likely will prevent them from seeing the potential of the space beneath. When you are preparing to put your home on the market, there are some steps you can take to make the interior of your home show to its best potential! The following suggestions and easy fixes can help your home attract the right buyers and help them decide to make it their next home!
First and foremost, you will need to de-crap your space. Look at each room in your home and see it through a stranger’s eyes. Do you need to clean off counters, tables and shelves? Do you have an open pantry shelf that is an eyesore? Bookshelves also are often a source for “extra” items that truly are not needed and qualify as clutter. Now is the time to box up your personal items, family pictures, keepsakes and put them in storage while going through the selling process. The best option would be to rent a storage unit or store items at a different location. If you only have a few boxes these could be stored in your garage but you need to be careful to not create more clutter in the garage as well.
Once your space is decluttered you can begin the actual cleaning process. Really spend extra time on the kitchen, bath and living areas. In the kitchen focus on organizing your cupboards and panty so when cabinet doors or the pantry door are opened the only thought the potential buyers have is admiration for the space. Clean cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets, and backsplashes. To help control unwanted odors, baking soda comes to the rescue for several important tasks. Use baking soda to scrub out the refrigerator, oven, stove top and sink. Use it to help freshen carpets. Sprinkle carpet liberally with baking soda and then vacuum. To freshen your disposal in your sink you can run a few small pieces of lemon peel through it. If you are not painting the walls be sure to give them a once over and spot clean as needed. Most often walls should be wiped down to remove the dust that accumulates over time.
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In the bathroom, it is important to make the shower stall and glass shine. Bathrooms are such an important feature of your home that you will want to spend enough time to get it looking its best. If you need to use something slightly abrasive to remove buildup you can use a fine steel-wool pad with some Dawn Dish soap...always Dawn and Vinegar is a good cleaner too. It works wonders. Some have success here with baking soda as well! Pay special attention to any grout and clean well.
In the living room, you will want to wash all the baseboards, clean the windows, mop the floors, wipe down the walls, clean the window sills, and dust any shelves and wipe down any table areas. If this is the first room they see when they walk in, you want it to shine!
If you find yourself short on time, motivation or skills, you may want to hire help to come in and do the deep cleaning. This is not uncommon especially once the space has been decluttered. If you do hire someone to come in, be sure to communicate your goals and they know what you need to accomplish and be able to maintain. Some people choose to hire a cleaning service to come in and maintain the cleanliness each week until the offer is accepted. This is not terribly expensive and can relieve a significant amount of stress as well.
Once your home is clean it will be important to keep it this way so it can be shown quickly anytime there is interest. There are some things you can do to make this task easier! On a daily basis, make sure the clothes are picked up and put away or in a hamper. After you shower, use a squeegee on any glass surfaces in the shower. Wipe down the faucets in the shower once done to keep water spots from forming. Keep garbage cans from getting too full, wipe down sinks and counter daily and keep your dishes from piling up in the sink. Keep all flat surfaces clean and tidy. These normally have a tendency to collect our extra items and can quickly become cluttered. Be mindful of the food you prepare as some can leave a strong odor in your home. Bacon and fish are two examples of foods to avoid cooking. Lastly, keep a tote handy and prior to leaving for a showing, do a walk through your home and quickly pick up any items that are out of place and put them in the tote to be removed until you can sort them and put them away in their proper places. If need be, you can even take this with you as you leave so it is out of the way for the showing.
By decluttering and deep cleaning your home and maintaining it during the selling process, you allow your home to be a front runner in the market. Many people do not think that deep cleaning is as important as it is but honestly, it is a make or break deal during a home showing. Other people's mess is always 2 or 3 times as bad as their own mess so by taking this seriously it can set your home apart from the rest. Take some time, or hire it out to make sure your home sells fast.
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