5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Home Sellers

It’s spring time, and that means selling season!  But before you prepare for your first open house, you’ve got to clear out all that clutter and dust that has accumulated over winter.  Here are 5 spring cleaning tips for home sellers that will ensure your house gives the “wow” impression it should.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Home Sellers1. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Declutter!

The importance of decluttering cannot be overemphasized.  You want to make your home look as spacious as possible for visitors.

Decluttering and spring cleaning have the added advantage of giving you a head-start in preparing for your upcoming move.

Fill one box of things to throw or give away for each room in your house.  Pay special attention to old magazines, knickknacks, old clothes, sports gear and toys.

2. Move from the top down

Dampen a microfiber cloth and start your spring cleaning with a good dusting.  Go from high to low, allowing dust to settle on the ground where it’s more easily swept or vacuumed up.

Pay special attention to ceiling fans (infamous distributors of dust!), the tops of cabinets, and vertical spaces.

Use a long-handled duster (or a mop or broom covered with a cloth) to get cobwebs out of ceiling corners and off high walls.

3. The devil is in the details

Potential buyers will be looking at your home critically, so don’t leave them anything to criticize!

A thorough spring cleaning should include washing or dry cleaning your drapes, dust covers and sofa cushions.  If you don’t have the time, throwing them in the dryer on low gets the dust off (just beware of shrinking).

Use a magic eraser to clean grubby finger marks from cabinets, door handles and light switches.  And pay extra attention to baseboards: if your pet sleeps against the wall, give it a wash!

If baseboards are in a particularly bad state, you might consider touching them up with a coat of paint.

4. Be extra diligent in the kitchen and bathrooms

A dingy kitchen or bathroom is the biggest turn off for a potential buyer.  Focus most of your spring cleaning efforts on the kitchen and bathrooms.

Clean all appliances (especially if they will be left in the house when you sell) and clean in and around the garbage can and recycling containers.

If you don’t regularly clean your bathroom with bleach, now is the time to do so (be sure to wear rubber gloves!).  Make your bathtub, sink, toilet bowl and floors sparkle.

If you have calcium buildup on faucet heads, soak them in vinegar and rinse.  And don’t forget the shower curtain!  Give it a good spring clean with diluted vinegar.

5. Showcase your windows

You’ve worked so hard giving your house a good spring cleaning, so make sure light can get in through clean windows!

Wash them from both inside and outside (if possible) using newspaper to avoid leaving streaks.  You want potential buyers to admire the views!

Ready to sell your home?  Visit ComFree.com today!

Rosy Saadeh

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5 comments

  1. I agree, it’s important to keep a clean house for home buyers if you’re trying to sell your home. That’s something that I need to start doing right now. I’m hosting an open house in a few weeks for buyers, so I need to start cleaning my house really well. Point number four seems particularly important. The kitchen and bathrooms can be the most disgusting areas of the house, so it’s important to pay extra attention to how clean those rooms are to give your buyers a better impression of your home.

  2. Jessica says:

    My parents are selling our family house in Toronto. I’ll forward this article to them, because they will try to sell it for a bigger amount of money.

  3. Mini Clean says:

    Ms. Amanda is right. I used to do a garage sale for the things that I don’t usually use anymore but still looks really functional. In this way, I can declutter easily as well as generating some amount with those unused stuff. As long as there is an organized way to declutter then surely the house will invite the market.

  4. Amanda says:

    Clearing the clutter also means selling stuff that you don’t need, especially when you want to stage your home for selling. The last thing that you want to show your clients is a house filled with stuff as they want to imagine your home with their stuff in it.

    Thanks for sharing your tips. 🙂

  5. vicky pehar says:

    I have a friend in Winnipeg, who was very happy selling her place through ComFree. I would like to know more on what you do to sell it. Also what you charge. Thanks

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