You’ve got an open house coming up. This calls for a major clean. Potential homebuyers want to imagine themselves living in your house, and this will be hard to do if cereal flakes litter the kitchen floor and the bathroom sink is filled with toothpaste gunk. It can be stressful even to know where to start. That’s why we’ve offered the following tips to help you on your way:
The kitchen is often a make-or-break room in the home buying process. While you can’t change the dimensions of the room, you can make sure it is as clean as possible so potential buyers can imagine themselves cooking a meal, serving breakfast to the kiddos or hosting dinner with friends.
Wipe the counters down and consider using a cleaner that is made specifically for your type of counter, whether it be granite or tile.
Clean the stove using an all-purpose cleaner or simply water mixed with dish soap. Remember to clean around the burners, too.
Use a mixture of dish soap and water to wipe down the cabinet and appliances to get rid of pesky fingerprints.
Scrub the microwave with an all-purpose cleaner to cut through grease and dried spaghetti sauce. Hand wash the plate or throw it in the dishwasher.
Lastly, break out the mop and broom. Make sure you get all the crumbs in the corner and under the stove and then finish with a thorough mopping.
Livingroom and Dining Room
These areas need to look clean and comfortable so buyers can imagine snuggling up on the couch to catch their favorite show or laughing over a great meal in the dining room.
Dust every surface, including all the blinds. Make sure you get the corners of the ceiling where spider webs like to hide.
Plug in your vacuum and suck up crumbs, dirt, particles, and pet hair. If your carpet is a few years old, consider using a steam vacuum to pull up deeper stains. Don’t forget to vacuum the furniture too, especially if you have pets.
Use a glass cleaner to make your windows sparkle. This will let in lots of brilliant sunshine for your home’s big day.
Use a gentle cleaner to wash your dining room table and the chairs.
Finally, spritz air freshener around the room or use essential oils for a more natural scent.
Bathrooms are big deals to home buyers, so they will definitely scrutinize these rooms. Bathrooms also tend to collect messes that can be off-putting to a buyer, so be sure to clean it well.
Spray your sink and shower with specialized bathroom cleaner. These formulas are made to cut through soap scum, dried toothpaste, and lime scale. Let the cleaner sit, then scrub down every inch. Don’t be afraid to use an old tooth brush to dig into corners.
Consider buying a special polish for your faucets and drains to make them shine. Again, a toothbrush or even a cotton swab can be helpful to get into small places.
Cleaning the toilet isn’t fun, but it must be done. You can buy special disposable toilet brushes with cleaner built in or use a toilet cleaner formula with a traditional scrubber. Just make sure to use gloves. A thorough clean means washing under the lip of the toilet too!
A shower curtain is a breeding ground for mildew. Wash it in hot water to get rid of any unwanted growth.
Finish up by cleaning the floor with a mop or scrub brush.
Buyers will definitely want to see the closets, so vacuum and clean them as well.
Do a deep clean of all pet areas to get rid of odors, stains and fur that could irritate buyers. If you have smaller pets, clean their cages too. No one likes to see a scummy fish tank.
Finally, don’t forget to take out the trash before the big day.
Double check for any overlooked messes and make sure to clean those too.
Whew! That was a lot of cleaning, but now your house is sparkling and spotless and ready to impress. Good luck with your open house.