Cleaning your house for sale
When it’s time to sell that means it’s time to clean as cleaning your house is integral to the marketing of your property. A clean house is more appealing to buyers than a cluttered, dirty one as it is easier for them to imagine their lives in the home when they are presented with a clean, minimal canvas.
When in doubt, chuck it out
Step one of your super house clean is a mega de-cluttering session. Aside from clearing space and creating a greater appeal for buyers, this will assist you when you are moving into your own new place as you will streamline the packing process. Do a serious cull room by room being sure to go through wardrobes, cupboards, sheds and basement storage areas. An easy rule of thumb: if the item hasn’t been used in the last six months, you don’t need it.
Follow your eyes
Once you’ve decluttered, the real fun starts. Start a thorough comb through each room and begin with the first item that catches your eye. If it is drawing your attention for a negative reason, it’s likely it will do the same for your prospective buyers. From here assess the room up and down and left to right to ensure no surface is overlooked.
Before you hit the chemicals, be sure to check the labels to determine their suitability to each surface you’re attacking – the last thing you want is to create more stains from cleaning! Pay particular attention to bleaches and abrasive liquids.
They say bathrooms, alongside kitchens, sell a house. So, make sure yours is dressed to impress. Tackle any mould or mildew that has accumulated, focusing especially on shower trays, doors, curtains and in the grout between tiles. Use non-streaky sponges on glass surfaces like doors and mirrors.
King of the kitchen
Lovingly referred to as the heart of the home, the kitchen has a gravitational pull to it and will be a key room inspected by potential buyers. As such, it is a key area to focus on when cleaning your house. Remove all items from cupboards to clean deep into shelves and drawers, scrub the floors and surfaces, and remove any old or dying fruit and vegetables from the fridge. Last stop: the oven. Ovens and dishwashers are fixed items that are usually sold alongside the house, so it is important to pay special attention to these. Invest in a heavy duty oven cleaner to combat any grease, grime and remnants of failed cooking experiments.
Wash the windows
A simple one, but easy to overlook. Windows collect dust, grime, and in houses with small children – fingerprints and streaks! Before your inspections, give them a wash with glass cleaner and wipe them with a streak free cloth.
… and the walls
If painting isn’t in the budget, spruce up your walls and give them new life with a quick wash. Soapy water and a sponge should do the trick to remove fingerprints, scuff marks, dust and grime from your walls and have them looking fresh and clean in no time. Use a circular motion as you clean to avoid streak marks.
Use a broom to sweep up any spider webs accumulating on your ceiling.
And then look down
Mop, scrub and vacuum all floors inside and out. Make those surfaces so clean you could eat off them!
Cleaning your house means keeping it clean
Hopefully you will only need to do one mega clean when preparing for the first open for inspection. After that, it’s all about maintaining the cleanliness. Make it habit to clean up every area as you use it: this means doing dishes as you cook, wiping bathroom surfaces after use and vacuuming and sweeping daily. If you keep on top of the seemingly little tasks, you will be ready at a moment’s notice if an unexpected buyer approaches you for an inspection!