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Spring-Cleaning: Getting Your House Ready to Sell

Posted by Tom Truong on April 2, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Spring has arrived and the summer selling season is right around the corner. If you have been thinking about listing your home for sale, right now is the best time all year to do so.spring-cleaning

But before you jump into the listing process, you are going to want to take the time to do a thorough spring-cleaning of the entire house. You will only get one chance you make a first impression on potential buyers, and clean houses are proven to command much higher prices in just about every type of real estate market.

While conventional wisdom might have you start cleaning your house from top to bottom, you will actually be better served to focus your time on the most important rooms to potential buyers. That means going overboard on making the kitchen and bathrooms shine, even if it means holding off on getting to the basement.

Of course, in an ideal world, you will find the time to clean every aspect of your house. That is the best way to ensure that you get the highest possible offers from potential buyers.

As you progress through your house on your spring-cleaning mission, here are some general ideas you will want to focus on:

Eliminate the Clutter

The biggest problem with the way that many homes are staged is that the current residents just have too much stuff. Luckily, there is an easy solution for this: Get a storage unit!

Take everything that you can possibly live without to a storage unit until after your home sells. Then, take even more stuff because you probably don’t need as much as you think you do.

When potential buyers walk through your home, they want to imagine a neat and orderly life there. That means you have to project the appearance of that neat and orderly life.

Address Mold & Mildew Issues

Anywhere that there appears to be an issue involving mold or mildew needs to be addressed right away. These are the type of things that potential buyers don’t ever want to think about, so save them the trouble and fix the problem ahead of time.

Work hard to scrub the grout between any tiles, and then go the extra mile and re-caulk anywhere necessary in the bathrooms.

Dust Everything

It doesn’t seem like something as simple as dusting would make a difference in selling a house, but it is actually very important. Potential buyers don’t want to see any sign of dust anywhere, including crown molding and ceiling fans.

Scrub the Carpets

Renting a carpet scrubber is a great way to instantly make your floors look years younger. It is also a great way to get rid of anything that you might have tracked into the house over the winter.

Make Necessary Repairs

Before you list your house, you should also find the time to get around to all of those minor repairs that you’ve been putting off. Simple problems like leaky faucets or squeaking floors can be glaring red flags to cautious buyers.

Clean Light Fixtures

Just dusting your light fixtures is a great start, but giving them a deep cleaning is an even better way to make them sparkle. Clean fixtures will allow more light to brighten the home, making it more appealing for buyers.

Wash Windows

Every potential buyer that walks through your home is going to be looking out the windows to judge the view. Make sure that their view is free of dirt by cleaning both the inside and outside of all of your windows.

When it comes to cleaning a home in order to sell it, details mean everything.

Your home can’t be too clean. And the cleaner it is, the higher the price it will be able to command.

Contact your local Carrington Real Estate Services agent today for more tips on getting your home in tip-top showing shape.

Topics: Seller Resources

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