If you are selling your home you want to present it in the best possible light. You want to maximise your chance of getting the best possible selling price. Cleaning your house before the sale is incredibly important. It will present your house well and means prospects will find your house more appealing.
Here’s 8 ‘deep clean’ tips and 4 last-minute before viewing tips! We hope they help.
Fix Plaster & Other Maintenance
If you’ve lived in your house for a while chances are you have had pictures and similar on the wall. Picture hooks can leave holes in plaster. There may also be scuff marks and paint stains on the wall. You need to make sure your walls are clean and fresh before you put your house on the market. Clean- then refresh with neutral paint (we have another blog on this)
Clean your oven. Clean your hob. Potential buyers will pay attention to the little things. If you can, you should clear as many appliances as possible off your benches. Less clutter is better when you are trying to sell your house.
Dust your light fittings. It will make your room smell nicer and look brighter.
A dirty sink is noticeable and will make the rest of the house look dirty. Clean your sinks. Make sure they shine.
A clean window will make the rest of the house look brighter. Make sure you clean your windows thoroughly – inside and outside. Clear up any cobwebs and make sure there are no streaks. Potential buyers will notice.
You should scrub your tiles and you should steam clean your carpets too (whilst you’re at it you should steam clean your furniture too – or use staging furniture.) You need to clean any floorboards you have too. Don’t forget to do the skirting boards too. They can build up a lot of dust over time so give them a good wipe down.
Clean inside your kitchen cupboards
If you’re staging your house and the cupboards are empty, then make sure they’re clean. People always look inside the cupboards so if they’re not clean, it will put them off.
Don’t forget outside the house
Someone interest in buying your house is going to pay attention to the front and back. You should mow your lawns, trim the plants and generally clean up any rubbish.
Before Viewings – Cleaning Tips Before Selling Your Home
The 5-Minute Rule
If your house is on the market, you need to be ready for potential showings of your house at any time. If your Real Estate Agent has a potential buyer you need to be ready for them to see your house at 5 minutes notice. Make sure that any clutter around your house, whilst it’s on the market, can be cleaned within 5 minutes.
Focus on Kitchen and Bathroom
The bathroom and the kitchen are two key areas of the house, and can be two of your biggest selling points. Make sure you wipe down any surfaces before someone comes and looks through your house. Whatever you do, make sure that you don’t leave any dishes in the sink.
Take Out the Rubbish
Rubbish is messy, and rubbish smells. If your Real Estate Agent rings you and tells you that he has someone that wants to look through your house one of the first things that you should do is take out the rubbish.
Pick Up Toys & Remove Clutter
If you have children, then you need to make sure any toys are put away before anyone comes and looks through your house. Clean up magazines, letters and other piles of clutter too.