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Clean Up Your Act! Clean Homes Sell for More - 10 Cleaning Tips to Improve Your Homes' Appearance
Want your home to sell for more, and sell quickly? Implement these cleaning and maintenance steps, and impress buyers with your impeccable interiors.
1) The Bathroom
Fix dripping taps and check all and any pipes for leaks. Check the drains for proper drainage. How's your water pressure? Buyers may turn on taps or flush the toilet to check, so make sure everything is working at peak efficiency. Clean the tile or linoleum until it sparkles. Clean off those counter tops and under the sink as well. Organize all those bathroom products and either use a storage solution, or put them away in a closet.
2) Living Room
Shampoo the carpets and upholstery. Hire a professional cleaner who specializes in odor removal as well. You may be used to the smell of a pet or cigarettes, but such odors can be a strong turn-off to potential buyers. Patch any holes and wash the walls. If you have hardwood or laminate flooring, consult with a professional.
3) Wash your windows.
Wash all the windows in your home, inside and out. Hire a professional if you need to.
4) Change or clean all the filters.
Change heating filters, if you have forced air or baseboard heating, wipe down the tops and insides of the vents. If you have AC, change and clean the filters - do so on your range as well.
5) Keep your home tidy.
Go through your storage closets and organize, organize, organize. Clutter makes a home tend to look, well, cluttered. Have a garage sale, move the items you don't use into a storage facility, or donate the items to charity.
6) The Kitchen
Organize the cupboards, clean under the sink. Clean out the fridge and freezer. Scrub the floors, especially under the cupboards. Wash out the inside of the cupboards - and again, fix any leaking faucets or slow drains. Clean out the inside of the oven and scrub the stove top - It may not seem fair, but a peek in the oven may be the hallmark by which a buyer judges how well you have kept up your home.
7) If it Squeaks, Oil it.
Check for squeaky floorboards or doors. Open and close every door in the house - if it squeaks or sticks, oil or fix it.
8) Keep your Home Decor neutral.
Remove any materials that may be hokey or offensive to others who may not share your same views, beliefs or sense of humor. You may love that lamp with the lady's leg for a stand, or the singing fish on the wall - but not everybody else will.
9) The Bedroom
Have a look under the bed for any items that don't belong there, clean out the bedroom closets - and if you can, use an organizer. Organize items on the top of dressers.
10) Wrap up those wires.
If you have a home theatre system or computer with many peripherals - wires can get quite messy and add to clutter. Use zip strips to tie up your wires or tack them along the base of the wall. Make sure any unused wires are put away.
Once you've completed the above steps, make sure to take lots of photos. A picture is worth a thousand words and when your home goes on the market - photos of an immaculate, well maintained home are sure to help you get the price you want.
Teresa Sandiford offers top of the line representation on residences and properties located in Parksville, Nanoose Bay, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum North, Bowser and Deep Bay - On Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
She has lived in the Oceanside region for the past ten years, raised children, volunteered in the community, taught in the local schools and abroad, won numerous real estate awards (including being awarded the prestigious diamond award which is the highest yearly sales award for Royal LePage), and sold numerous properties.