We are all familiar with spring cleaning. But, once the weather warms up, who wants to stay inside? Due to cold winter weather, being stuck indoors is the perfect opportunity to clean your home to prepare for the Spring selling market.
If you are thinking of selling your home in the springtime, leaving too many things to the last minute can be stressful. Instead, take advantage of the winter months and deep clean your house. Then, start on any intended interior renovations to keep you a step ahead of the game.
Remember, start high and go low!
From the ceiling to the floor, start from the top and work your way down. That’s the best way to get started. Next, tackle the high sections of your home like wiping down the ceiling, trim, light fixtures, and ceiling fans, then move down the walls to the baseboards. The best tool for these surfaces is a clean microfiber cloth.
Deep Clean Windows
Cleaning windows gives a huge payoff. First, vacuum the sills and tracks. Then spritz the window with glass cleaner with a splash of vinegar, and work from top to bottom. Let the cleaner do its thing for a minute, then squeegee it off. It will be easier to see and fix streaks if you wipe in one direction on inside windows and another on outside ones.
Deep Clean the Floors
To do this right:
- Add furniture slides under the legs of big pieces of furniture.
- Never try and do this alone.
- Work with a family member or friend, so you don’t hurt yourself.
Deep Clean the Bedroom(s)
Launder the Bedding: Wash the bed skirt, duvet cover, shams, and pillows. Dry down pillows on low with clean tennis balls to prevent clumping. The best way to dry synthetic pillows is by air-drying them outdoors.
Freshen the Mattress: While your bed is disassembled, take a few minutes to clean the mattress. This is easier than you think! Sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, let it sit for an hour, and vacuum it up using the hose attachment. Next, flip or rotate the mattress per the manufacturer’s advice and repeat the process.
Declutter the Closet: Everyone has clothes in their closet that don’t fit or aren’t wearing any longer for whatever reason. Bag them for consigning or donating. Then treat your wardrobe to matching hangers. If your closet looks nice, you’ll try harder to keep it under control.
Home Staging: Little things can make a big difference when a buyer comes to look at your home. For example, swap your trash bins or hampers with more attractive options. Focus on the rooms with the most significant potential to influence buyers’ decisions, such as your living room, master bedroom, and kitchen. One of the primary objectives of home staging is to help your buyers visualize the space as their own. You want the home to have style and charm, but it should be devoid of personal touches that suggest it belongs to you, the seller, not the buyer.
Go Neutral: Although this one might cost a bit more, it often makes the most significant difference between a home selling quickly and home taking more time to sell. Bright colors on walls help people express their personality in their homes, but they can be a major turn-off for buyers. So, paint over any personalized colors with neutrals, like gray, white, and taupe.
You will thank yourself when you go to list your property this Spring.