If you are getting ready to sell your home, look beyond repairs and staging. According to a study by HomeGain.com, the biggest return on investment you can get prepping to sell your home is to clean and de-clutter. So, grab a bucket and some gloves and let’s get to some deep cleaning:

In general:

  • Make sure all windows and screens are clean, de-streaked and free of cobwebs.
  • Empty and move all garbage bins out of sight, ditto for pet litter boxes.
  • Vacuum out all vents and clean all blinds.
  • Dust the inside and out of all light fixtures. Make sure all bulbs work.
  • Clean your baseboards and moldings.
  • Scrub your floors and vacuum thoroughly.


  • Neaten the inside of your cabinets – people will be going through them.
  • Clean all the nooks and crannies, including under your stove hood, on top of your refrigerator and cabinets.
  • Corners trap dust and crumbs, so make sure you have thoroughly scrubbed them.
  • De-clutter the tops of your counters.


  • Clean out your closets and, to the extent you can, pick up everything off the floor. Make sure it looks organized.
  • Remove personal items from the top of your dresser and night stands.
  • Make sure your bed is neatly made.


  • Scrub the grout until it is all it’s original color. Same with the toilet.
  • Neaten your cabinets and de-clutter your shower.
  • Remove any personal items from the counter.
  • Make sure no faucet is leaking. Remove water stains.
  • Hang matching towels neatly. Make sure your bath mats are fresh and clean.


  • Sweep your deck and/or patio.
  • Trim overgrown bushes or tree limbs.
  • Make sure your lawn is mowed.
  • Pull obvious weeds and remove any dead plants.
  • Add a new “welcome” mat to the front door.

A little time and effort on your part can add up to more dollars at offer time.