Preparing your home for Sale - Cleaning House
Preparing your Home for sale – Cleaning House
Clients often ask me how long do I need to take to get my home ready for sale and I tell them, if they talk to me a year ahead of their moving date, then they should be OK. A year? Well I guess it depends on how much time you have to get it ready. Here are some ideas on just getting the house clean.
Even though you may do a huge "spring clean" in your house each year, few people ever clean every area for their home to the extent required to prepare it for sale. Think of it as spring cleaning on steroids!
Closets: Remove all out of season clothes. The closet should be about half full, with nothing on the floor and every shelf sparsely populated and well organized. (instead of 20 purses piled on top of each other, trim it down to 10 neatly arranged on the shelf)
Kitchen Cabinets: You may love to keep a large stock of 10 different kinds of Teas that bulge off the shelf as soon as you open the door. Trim them down to your favourite 3 and store the rest. Pack away or discard old pots or appliances you no longer use. Discard old food items.
Windows - Clean windows inside and out are particularly important since that will let in more light and help show the house much better.
Walls and ceilings - Remove cobwebs, clean all the light fixtures, and wash down all the baseboards. If you haven't painted in the last 5 years, then you should have the interior painted. A lot of people balk at this suggestion but rest assured, it is an investment that will see a definite return.
Basement - this could take several months depending on your energy and the size of your basement. (check out my blog Tips on emptying your basement before selling)
These ideas are just to get you started. If you think you need help, talk to me and I can introduce you to someone who will help you through the de-cluttering process. I promise you, when it's done, it will be worth it