The last thing most home buyers want to do is stop and scrub their new home from top to bottom before they move in – so make sure they don’t feel that scrubbing is necessary!
Clean everything from the floors to ceiling – and everything in between. Even items that won’t be staying, such as drapes and couches, should be cleaned. This adds to the overall “wow” effect and could make the difference between selling quickly – or not.
If you smoke in your home, be sure to wash items like bedspreads that can hold the odor – then shampoo all the overstuffed furniture. Then, you might want to consider stepping outside for a smoke while your house is on the market.
Sparkling windows are a given, but often people forget the light fixtures. Take them down, remove the inevitable dead insects, and scrub them. Much more light will shine through!
In the kitchen and bath, scrub and bleach the tile grout and caulking.
Pet hair can be a problem, and I wouldn’t dream of telling anyone to get rid of their cats or dogs. But do vacuum religiously if you have pets in the house. And if you have a litter box, clean it every morning before you leave the house – just in case there’s a showing while you’re away.
Remember, you’re creating a “show home” to entice buyers. Fingerprints on the cabinet doors and dust bunnies in the hall just won’t do.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about more items you should pack right now…
P.S. If you’re ready to learn what your home is worth in today’s marketplace, get in touch. I’ll be glad to prepare a no-obligation market analysis.