There is one thing that you can do that will give you the greatest return when selling your home. Is it a kitchen remodel? Nope. Finish the basement? Negative. Add an addition? Uh uh. Not only is this one thing the absolute best thing you can do – it’s probably the cheapest! The answer: Clean. Your. House. Clean everything. Deep clean everything. When a buyer walks into a house and sees something dirty they automatically assume that it needs to be replaced. Why? Because if a seller could have cleaned it, they would have, right? Buyers expect that this is the best shape that the house could possibly ever be in.
You would be so surprised at how many dirty homes I see with buyers and how that quickly affects their perception of the home’s value. Most buyers would prefer a neat and tidy dated bathroom over a dirty modern one.
A lot of sellers miss a few places before they put their homes up for sale. Don’t forget to clean the following:
- Between the washer and dryer in the laundry room
- HVAC vents
- Light fixtures
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets
- Bathroom fans
- Light switches
- Shower head and shower doors
- Remove cobwebs from corners
- Kitchen sink
- Ceiling fans
- Window and door tracks
Need some life hacks to get it all done? Check out these cleaning tips to get your house in top shape.
Baseboards: All you need is a magic eraser, paper towels and a dryer sheet.
HVAC vents: What a difference a little cleaning makes for your HVAC vents! If you want to go the extra mile and spray paint them, WOW will your house look amazing to buyers.
Kitchen cabinets: This is a bit of a process but so worth it!
Bathroom fan: This is good to do on a regular basis too – it’ll reduce the mold and mildew in your home.
Glass shower doors: Do yourself a favor and skip the pantyhose. Go right for the magic eraser.
Dishwasher: I hope you have a strong stomach. This looks disgusting.
Kitchen sink: Have a stainless steel sink? To get this clean you’ll need vinegar, baking soda and Dawn.
Ceiling fans: Slip an old pillow case over the fan blades. That way the dust is contained instead of being spread all over the room.
Window and door tracks: I did this at my house and it is seriously like magic. Little to no scrubbing!
Now that your house is clean, call me and let’s get it sold!