Chores, though necessary aren’t as fun, especially when you are selling your home and have frequent showings. Who would rather be spending the day indoors cleaning when you are busy house hunting for your dream home? Unfortunately, these 5 areas that are often forgotten are often noticed by homebuyers, and can give a bad first impression.
- Place Seasonal Clothes Into Storage
It’s time to pack away your clothes or other items related to one particular season. You want to make a homebuyer be able to imagine themselves living in your home, in the season you are in! Psychologically, if winter coats, sweaters, and bulkier clothing is laying out in the summer, the buyer can become distracted and not see the real potential your home can have for their family. Store your clothes somewhere clean, cool, dark and dry, even if that’s just at the back of your wardrobe.
- Wash window treatments.
You’ll be surprised at the huge amount of dirt and grime that a thorough window cleaning removes. Wash blinds, launder curtains that are machine washable and send drapes to the dry cleaners. While you’re at it, dust the window casing, wash windowsills and clean any window hardware.
- Clean carpets and upholstery.
You’re probably quite busy like the rest of us and aren’t too wrapped up in keeping things like your carpets and upholstery clean. But that’s where all the nasty critters and smells (sometimes that we get use to) tend to make their home. Before homebuyers start swooping in, clean your fabrics that may be dingier or smellier than we realize – eliminate those dust and germs. Shampoo your carpets and clean cloth furniture. Start early, preferably on a warmer day and open your windows to speed the drying process.
- Wash woodwork, walls, baseboards and cabinets.
Walls and vertical surfaces are often overlooked, but a simple wash can actually make painting unnecessary. Buyers notice walls, children’s finger prints and big nicks – the small stuff counts. The kitchen, bathrooms, hallways and kids bedroom walls are probably the biggest culprits. Use a sponge and mild detergent to wash the surface in sections to make sure you don’t miss a spot. Be careful with products such as magic erasers as they can actually remove paint from your wall, making things worse!
Pro Tip: Are your walls really dirty, but you don’t have a lot of time to paint? Scrub the worst smudges off as quickly as you can and get a color match. Using the same paint can brighten up a home more than you think and will only require ONE coat of paint.
- Clean light and ceiling fixtures.
Dust accumulates in heaps on your light fixtures. Remove the light bulb and fixture if possible. Wash the glass fixtures in soap and water. If the fixture cannot be removed from the ceiling, use a damp cloth to wipe it off and then dry the fixtures (be careful not to touch a wet cloth to anywhere that has electricity running through it). Wipe the light bulbs with a rag. To clean your ceiling fans use a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.
If you’re still not in the mood for cleaning try making it as fun as possible – or just pay the kids. Seriously though, put on some music and invite others to join. Afterwards spoil all those involved with a lovely dinner out. Eating in is out of the question… Can’t you smell those fumes and see the dishes piling up!?