Of course your home is always clean, but is it clean enough to sell and make you a profit? When you’ve listed your house, you need to ensure it is impeccably clean, so that you can list that as a feature. No buyer wants a dirty house and in fact, if your house isn’t “almost perfect”, it could sway buyers away. Before you put your home on the market, you’ll want to take care of some of the things that you wouldn’t normally clean in your regular routine.
Mold and Mildew
If you’ve got even trace instances of mold and mildew in shower corners, on window panes or under the sinks, buyers might think there is a water damage issue. You’ll want to scrub all mold and mildew away using a liquid bleach cleaner or other more natural solution. Going forward while your house is on the market, ensure you wipe down these wet areas after each use so that mold doesn’t continue to form.
Curtains and blinds both accumulate inordinate amounts of dust and won’t look their best when buyers walk through the door. Dust all blinds and take the curtains off and wash them. You’ll be surprised at how much better each looks with a good cleaning.
You might not include your walls in your regular daily or weekly cleaning routine, but in this case, it is worth it to get them clean. If you aren’t painting (and this is definitely a suggestion, as a newly-painted home looks much cleaner!), ensure you wash all your walls to remove fingerprints and other stains that have accumulated.
After you’ve ensured all of the bulbs are functional in your fixtures (a bright home sells better), you’ll want to clean the fixtures to remove all dust and grease. Once you’ve removed the dirt from all the fixtures, you will notice your home seems so much brighter, along with cleaner.
Doors are notorious fingerprint hoarders. You may never have noticed how dirty your doors have gotten from repeated use with dirty hands. Wipe them down and don’t forget the knobs!
Baseboards and trim
Again, another neglected area in your home could be your baseboards and trim. Usually painted white, they look much better with a good clean and the results will be stunning. This is one area you might think you can skimp on, but you really can’t.
Just because something is behind a closed door, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean it. Potential buyers will open closets and cupboard doors to see how much space there is. You really don’t want them opening it up to dirt. Wipe out all cupboards and vacuum all of the closets. Since you’ll have to declutter anyway, you might as well take everything out, clean it and then put back your streamlined items.
If you want more information about selling your Markham home, you are always free to get a hold of me.