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:
- 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.