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10 Cleaning Tips Before You Sell Your Home

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Jun 12 5 minutes read

If you are getting ready to sell your home, making sure it is clean is a very important part. 

From deep cleaning the kitchen to dusting ceiling fans and staging certain areas- it can be a little overwhelming.  We want to help make the process as easy as possible, so we made a checklist of everything you should keep in mind while cleaning. 

Just one last thing to keep track of when you are ready to make that move!

1. Let There Be Light

Buyers love homes that are bright. Wash all windows (including the panels) to let in the most amount of natural light. Replace or update broken or outdated light bulbs in your fixtures- make sure the light fixtures are clean too, to allow for even more light. 

2. Dust be Gone

This may seem like an obvious one, but you would be surprised how much and where dust can accumulate in a home. Make sure EVERYTHING has been dusted- from staircases to ceiling fans, to the hard to reach corners of the rooms to behind and under furniture. No one likes dust bunnies. 

3. Deep Clean Bathrooms

This is probably the least fun area of the home to clean, but it is one of the most important. The amount of constant moisture the bathroom has throughout the year can easily attract mildew and mold. Make sure your bathroom is completely free of all mildew and mold (there a various cleaning products that can help with this). Deep clean the shower, get rid of any calcium build up in the faucets,  and re-caulk the tubs, showers, and sinks.

4. Stage the Backyard

In Minnesota during the summer and fall, we love our deck, patio, and backyard time. Making your backyard into a great hang out space isn't that hard. Remove any dead plants, clutter, or outdated decorations. Add some table and chairs, plant some colorful perennials, power wash the deck (stain it if needed), and take down any sheds that are in poor condition.

5. Get Organized

Getting ready to sell your home is a great excuse to de-clutter and organize. Buyers open up closets and check storage areas, these spaces should be cleaned out and organized. Not only is it a great way to show off these areas of the home as usable storage space, but de-cluttering can also make your home look much cleaner. 

6. Get Out the Paint Brush

Fresh paint can do wonders for a home- especially if the current paint colors are dark or a bit drab. When re-painting, focus on colors that are more neutral- this will appeal to a wider audience and give it a more clean and fresh look. 

7. Touch Ups Matter

Before breaking out the paint brush, make sure every hole in your wall has been touched-up and spackled. When using a spackling compound, make sure the area is clean first then use a putty knife and lightly touch up the damaged area. Once it is dry, you can use sandpaper to make it even with the wall. After prime and paint, it looks good as new!

8. Make the Kitchen Sparkle

The kitchen is another area of the home that should just scream clean before you decide to sell your home. Wash the fridge out (yes, buyers look), organize and repaint the cabinets if needed, make sure the oven is clean, scrub the floors, wipe down every single surface area- make sure the cleaner isn't too harsh for your countertops, re-caulk sinks, tighten the faucet,  remove any build-up, and remove any decorations or unnecessary kitchen appliances  to make it look even cleaner.

9. Vacuum. Then Vacuum Again

If you have carpet anywhere in your home, you need to vacuum and continue to do so. Buyers pay close attention to the cleanliness of the floors. If pets occupy the home, you will probably want to invest in steam or professional cleaning to get out any odors or stains. For hardwood floors, use a wood cleaning product to give it shine. 

10. Smells Are Everything

Sometimes we don't always realize that our house has a bit of a "distinct" aroma. Don't try to cover up smells with air fresheners or candles since they can be overpowering or make it seem like you are trying to cover up something. Instead, find out where the smell is coming from. Disinfect trash cans and garbage disposals. If you have pets, have your carpet professionally cleaned. If there is a smoke smell in the home, it is probably best to have the carpets replaced and the walls completely re-painted. If you think the smell is completely gone, have an honest friend come over to really let you know. 

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