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

    FOYER:

    + 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.

    KITCHEN: 

    + 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.

    BATHROOM: 

    + Clean behind toilet and under sink.
    + Only display absolute necessities, declutter.
    + 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 lightbulbs.

    BEDROOM:

    + Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets.
    + Clean the curtains and rugs.
    + Dust 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, we highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition. Contact your agent to get a great local recommendation.

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