7 Top Things to Clean When Trying to Sell Your Home

When selling your home, it’s essential to make your property look as clean and attractive as possible. Many home buyers are looking for a “turnkey” home, which means they want a house ready for moving in as soon as it becomes vacant. Cleaning your house can show buyers that your home is turnkey, ready to be occupied as quickly as you leave. Here’s where to focus your attention. 

1. Walls

Walls have a way of getting dirty over time. Cleaning the walls of your home can do a lot to make your home look well-maintained. When cleaning your home’s walls, remember that satin, flat and eggshell finishes need a delicate touch, while semi-gloss and glossy finishes can take a more strenuous scrubbing.

Dusting the walls before cleaning is vital because dust left on the walls during cleaning can smear grit and grime. Use a microfiber cloth to dust. To clean the walls, use a melamine sponge lightly dampened with water or dish soap mixed in warm water. 

2. Windows

Windows allow sunlight into your home, which can help make your house more attractive. Clean your windows with commercial glass cleaner or homemade window cleaning products. Like the walls, dust your windows first. Use a dry microfiber cloth to dust your windows, then spray the windows with a glass cleaner and wash the window. 

3. Light Fixtures

Light fixtures often have little bugs and dust inside of them. A dirty light fixture can make your home look dingy and dirty. Remove all light fixtures and clean them out using a multipurpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. While at it, replace any burned-out light bulbs to make your light fixtures bright and beautiful. 

4. Clutter

Clutter is the enemy of someone selling a home and moving away. Household clutter can take many forms, from old bills and magazines to forgotten holiday decorations and clothes that no longer fit. Go through your house from top to bottom and get rid of as much clutter as possible before putting your home on the market. 

5. Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathrooms can get very messy, which can be a turn-off to home buyers. Clean all bathrooms and your kitchen before taking real estate pictures or showing your house to buyers. Wipe down greasy surfaces and clean the floors. Clean the cabinets, microwave, baseboards, and more. Get rid of hard water stains on fixtures. To the extent that it’s possible, make your bathrooms and kitchen look brand new. 

6. Front Yard

The front yard is essential for curb appeal, so clean up your front yard the best you can. Refresh mulch. Get rid of weeds. Clean up toys. Put your trash cans out of sight. Mow your lawn, prune shrubs, and replace dead flowers or plants with healthy annuals. 

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