Handy Spring-Cleaning Tips for Homeowners Looking to Sell
Spring brings warmer weather and the rebirth of nature. It also brings out the home buyers. Whether you’re just about to put your home on the market for the first time or re-listing and resetting after the winter, your home is probably in dire need of a good spring cleaning. And like most things that have to do with selling your home, spring cleaning is something better tackled with a solid game plan. Here are some tips.
First things first: eliminate the extras
An inevitable part of spring cleaning is filling up trash bags and donation containers with your belongings. You can’t really clean until you get out the clutter. Sometimes, it’s tough to make decisions about what to get rid of—we’re all pretty attached to our stuff! But you can make it easier by starting with everything in your home you aren’t currently using or that you have extras of. Begin in the closets. Donate all of your unwanted/unused/non-fitting clothes. Ditch your extra coat hangers (you don’t need 300). Then move to the kitchen. All of those tupperware lids without homes? Toss them. Click here for more tips on what you can throw away right now to make your cleaning job more manageable.
Create a storage plan
Showing a house while living in it is never going to be easy, but it’s possible if you have a plan for organization and storage. Case in point: a room can have 20 of your kids’ toys in it and look like a disaster, or the same room can have the same 20 toys in it and look clean. How? It’s all about organization. Investing in bins and baskets for oft-used rooms in your home will allow you to store all of your toys, pet supplies, books, electronics, etc. without having to find a true storage space for them. Invest in attractive containers where you can quickly toss stuff—it’s that simple. Click here for some good tips.
Learn how to deep clean
A good spring cleaning shouldn’t be cursory; it should be deep and comprehensive. Many of us have never truly deep cleaned anything. This is problematic for staging a home for sale, as it’s the little things that can make all the difference. Basic cleaning may fail to remove some grease and other particulates from your kitchen cabinets, countertops, and stainless steel, for example. Those need a deep clean. You don’t want a prospective home buyer finding grime in your bathroom tile or a dirty oven either. And your carpets? A quick vacuuming isn’t going to cut it. Here’s a good outline for how to deep clean your entire home.
Hire some temporary help
Maybe you’re not the type of person who wants to have a full-time house cleaner. Maybe it’s a financial thing or something else. Whatever your particular aversion, it doesn’t matter now. You’re spring cleaning to prep your home for sale, so you need all the help you can get. Make your spring cleaning initiative ongoing with a semiweekly housekeeper. You can schedule a big clean at the end of every week and then at the beginning of the week, presumably after an open house on the weekend. Before you hire a housekeeper, check out these tips for the interview.
It helps to think about your spring cleaning in three stages: decluttering, organizing, and deep cleaning. And you definitely need to go about it in that order. The first two steps will make the third one possible, and if you get some help, you can be sure to stay on top of things. Your realtor is sure to thank you for making spring cleaning a priority.