When you place your home on the real estate market, you want to take the time to stage it well so potential buyers can easily envision themselves living in the space. However, staging the home isn’t just about removing a few belongings and applying a fresh coat of paint. It also involves cleaning — deep cleaning. Here are several cleaning tasks that you should always complete prior to your home showings.
1. Declutter the Counters
When you store multiple items on your kitchen or bathroom counters, it not only makes the room look messy and cluttered, but it can also make the room appear much smaller. Ideally, you should store fewer than three items on kitchen counters and only handwashing essentials on bathroom counters. In the kitchen, if you must store appliances like a coffee maker on your counter each day, make sure the appliance is clean and in pristine condition or it will detract from the beauty of the space.
2. Wipe Down Light Fixtures
Light fixtures may be something you overlook when cleaning your home but it can be something that homebuyers pay close attention to. Take down all of your light fixtures and dust them. Remove all dead bugs and other particles that may find themselves trapped in the fixtures. Additionally, make sure that all lights have working light bulbs throughout the home.
3. Wash the Windows
During your home showings, you want to let in as much natural light as possible. This means you want to open your window treatments wide. But, that also means that your windows will be exposed. You want to wash both the interior and exterior of your windows so they shine. If your window treatments haven’t received any TLC for quite some time, this is also a great time to take them down and wash them or dust them off.
4. Closets and Drawers
As buyers walk through your home, they will look in all the crooks and crannies. This means that they are going to open closets, cupboards, and drawers. You want to ensure these areas are organized and clean and that they impress buyers. Take the time to clean out all of these areas and if possible, begin packing many items up so only 50% of the original belongings remain. This will help these areas appear large and clean, which will make more of an impression to buyers.
Keeping a clean house is a must when showing your home. Keep the above four things in mind when cleaning your home and you will see the difference it makes. For more home staging advice and home improvements, visit my blog.