Cleaning your house before putting it on the market involves a much deeper level of cleaning than even the most fastidious home owner would execute on a day to day level. Having your home truly deep cleaned will not only make it more attractive to potential buyers, but it will mean it is easier to keep it sparklingly clean between open inspections.
Here are some tips and tricks for deep cleaning your house pre-sale:
Clean the windows thoroughly. This means not only cleaning the windows inside and out, but first removing all screens and cleaning the screens also. The best way to wash the screens is to put them on a clean tarp outside, hose down, then clean using a soft brush and all-purpose cleaner, before hosing again to rinse. For the windows themselves, use window cleaner in a spray bottle, or mix your own using one part white vinegar and eight parts water with a drop of dishwashing detergent.h all walls. Wash all walls from top to bottom, rather than simply spot cleaning marks. Instead, mop the walls with water and all-purpose cleaner, cleaning top down and rinsing the mop and replacing the water frequently. This will remove not only marks but also life grease, smoke and dust to give your walls new!
Clean the fridge well. A fridge which is even mostly clean can emit all kinds of kitchen odours, which will lower the impression buyers have your property. To really clean the fridge well, take out all shelves and draws, scrubbing the inside of the fridge and as well as the items you took out. Also don’t forget about the drip tray under the fridge! Once well cleaned, pop some activated charcoal inside the fridge to keep odours at bay.
Clean your front door until it sparkles. Make sure your buyers are greeted with a beautiful entrance by cleaning your front door to perfection: wipe down the door, frame and fixtures, shake out and vacuum your doormat and make sure to clean any items on the front porch.
Focus on the bathroom. Bathrooms can show dirt, grime and mould more than anywhere, and are probably the room that people assess closely for cleanliness. To really clean the fridge well, take out all shelves and draws, scrubbing the inside of the fridge and as well as the items you took out. Also don’t forget about the drip tray under the fridge! Once well cleaned, pop some activated charcoal inside the fridge to keep odours at bay.
Mattresses and cushions. Take mattresses of all beds, vacuum the mattresses and bases, and flip the mattress before replacing it. Do the same for couch and arm chair cushions. Wash or dry clean bed-skirts and make your quilts look even and fluffy by shaking vigorously and then replacing.