When a house is put on the market, the main goal is to make sure it’s as attractive as possible to potential buyers. One of the most cost-efficient ways to gussy up your home is to clean it thoroughly.
Are you getting ready to sell a house? Here are some quick cleaning tips for getting your home market ready:
Get Rid Of Clutter
Most potential buyers won’t be able to see past dirt and clutter. If the house is crowded with the owner’s “stuff” or looks like the current owners are living in less than pristine conditions, house hunters will assume that the home is too small for their possessions.
Too much clutter also poses a safety hazard. A potential buyer who trips over items left on the stairs is unlikely to have a positive association with a house. Also, a clean, clutter-free environment is more attractive than a grimy, unkempt one.
Start the de-clutter process by purging the house – including the basement, attic and garage – of any items that aren’t needed. If you find things that are in good condition, consider donating them to a charity.
Items that are just plain old junk, trash, debris, or recyclable (such as old mailers, newspaper, bottles, etc.) can be thrown into a single pile and collected by professional junk removers.
Once you have de-cluttered, rooms will immediately seem more spacious, closets will look bigger, and shelves will look roomier.
The Junk Removers are happy to offer a free estimate before removing clutter from your property, and are very proud to report that we currently divert more than 60% of the stuff we pick up. That means all reusable items are sent to the appropriate recycling centers or donated to local charities.
Begin your deep clean by focusing on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in, such as the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Take a look at each room as if you were a potential buyer and see what catches your eye first. Whatever you see as most important should become the starting point for the cleaning process.
Next, look at each room from the top to the bottom, then left to right to make sure that no surface is overlooked.
Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Make sure to check the labels of your cleaning products to make sure they are appropriate for the surfaces you need to clean.
For example, abrasive cleansers provide a boost of cleaning power for difficult stains from food and grease residue, but are probably too harsh for easily scratched surfaces like laminate. Keep in mind that liquid and gel cleansers tend to be less abrasive than powder cleansers.
Keep in mind that floors can become cloudy from certain cleaning product’s residue, making them look dirty when they’re actually clean. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by using a no-rinse product, or by manually rinsing the floor after each cleaning.
Combat Mold And Mildew
Everyone knows that mold and mildew are a health concern, and prospective home buyers are more sensitive than ever about finding it in a home they might inhabit. These illness-causing culprits are especially problematic in bathrooms and kitchens, so keep an eye out for them and do whatever it takes to get rid of them.
Use cleansers with bleach to remove mildew stains from shower doors, shower curtains, and grout between tiles. Pay special attention to nooks and crannies and any place that might lend itself to wetness.
Most non-streaking cleaning products, such as a glass or multi-surface cleaner, can be used to effectively clean shower doors and mirrors.
It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many home-owners don’t think to use simple touch-ups such as washing their windows or vacuuming their carpets.
If you have drapes, make sure to dust them along with all surfaces in the home. Make sure you use a dusting product that traps the dust rather than simply dispersing it.
If repainting is not an option, make sure to carefully clean your walls and remove any dust, grime, or fingerprints that may have accumulated over the years. Even though painted surfaces are usually washable, try testing your cleanser on an inconspicuous to make sure it won’t damage your surfaces.
Always use non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaners on your home’s surfaces and avoid leaving tacky streak marks.
Do Away With Daily Mess
When a home is up for sale, a smart seller will make sure that clutter is kept under control every single day. This keeps the home ready to show at all times, even when an unexpected buyer drops in.
Keep these simple tips in mind:
- Clear off the kitchen and bathroom counter tops by storing non-essentials in storage containers.
- Clean all surfaces with a good wipe down. Anything that goes back on the counter should be wiped clean, too.
- In the kitchen, only leave out the appliances that are used on a regular basis (such as microwaves, toasters, coffee pots, etc).
- Don’t let newspapers and mail pile up. Sort through them daily and discard what you don’t need.
- Place several baskets in strategic locations around the house so that the clutter that is an inevitable part of daily life can be quickly scooped up into the baskets and hidden away when it’s time to show the house.
- Make it a habit to make a nightly “sweep” just before bedtime.
If you have the option to hire a home staging professional, he or she will advise you on how to arrange your pared down possessions and furniture to increase buyer appeal. If this isn’t an option for you, take a look at some low-cost options from BankRate.com.
The Junk Removers are happy to work with homeowners and realtors who are committed to clearing out the unwanted junk and clutter that may very well mean the difference between selling a home quickly and having it sit on the market for ages.
We are a locally owned and operated company who focuses on providing professional customer service along with efficient and responsible junk removal. Contact us today and let us know how we can help with your home sales!