Spring Cleaning Tips for Selling Your Home
Every year, around this time of year, countless people participate in a tedious but altogether rewarding activity; spring cleaning. This is a task that you may or may not look forward to. After all, it means taking time out of your already busy schedule to go through forgotten drawers, long-abandoned boxes, and every closet and cupboard in your house to ensure that everything is still needed and valuable.
While the activity itself may not be something you or your family necessarily look forward to, doesn’t it ALWAYS feel so good when you are done? Knowing that things are organized, old items can be discarded or donated, and trash is truly where it belongs is one of the best stress relievers!
While every household needs to stay clean and organized, this annual duty is perhaps the most crucial for those looking to sell their home. Although we are in the middle of a seller’s market, where demand is high and supply is short, homebuyers still have a keen and discerning eye, even in today’s competitive circumstances. You can be sure they will notice if a closet looks a little cluttered, if a bathroom seems a little messy, or if a garage looks just a little disorganized, and use that as an excuse to keep searching and move on to the next house.
Fortunately, if you follow this expert advice and practice good spring cleaning tips, you will sell your home in no time!
Combat Mold and Mildew
With all the publicity concerning the illnesses that mold can cause, prospective home buyers are more sensitive than ever about its presence. However, when it comes to properly cleaning your bathroom to prepare it for showings and open houses, The Cleaning Institute suggests using liquid household bleach or cleaners with bleach to remove mildew stains from shower doors, shower curtains, and grout between tiles.
Use a non-streaking cleaning product for shower doors and mirrors, such as a glass or glass and multi-surface cleaner. A regular routine, including rinsing the tub after bathing, using a small squeegee on shower walls after each use, and drying faucets and handles to prevent water spots, will keep things clean.
Follow Your Nose
Making your house smell nice by putting a pie in the oven or fresh flowers on the table is all well and good, but these pleasant odors can’t mask everything. Upnest recommends you neutralize a nasty-smelling carpet by sprinkling on (and then vacuuming up) a box of baking soda and using baking soda to scrub out the fridge, oven, stovetops, etc. You should also consider deodorizing your disposal by running a few citrus peels through it for a fresh lemony (or orange-y, lime-y, tangerine-y) scent.
Don’t Forget the Windows
Curb appeal can help or hurt the appearance of even the nicest and cleanest homes. But forgetting to clean the interior and exterior of your windows can drag down the appearance so fast. Make this somewhat tedious chore a breeze with Upnest’s homemade recipe for a great window cleaning product. This magic solution requires 1/2 gallon of warm water, 2-3 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent or dish soap, and 1 tablespoon liquid ‘Jet-Dry.’ Once the solution is made, hose down your windows, wipe them down with this stuff, then hose them off again. Hello beautiful windows, hello stunning curb appeal, hello multiple offers!
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