Nearly all of our Tuesday Tips blogs make reference to the importance of keeping your home super clean when trying to sell, so this week’s tips are solely dedicated to cleaning your property.
Walking into a property that smells or looks grubby can instantly deter a buyer, regardless of the location or price. A bit of elbow grease could be all that’s needed to hurry along the sale of your property!
- Have a day dedicated deep clean. Fling the windows open, get the marigolds on and blast your favourite music while you blitz the house. Having an initial deep clean will make it easier to keep on top of household duties whilst you have potential buyers coming to view your property. There are lots of cleaning companies that offer deals for first time deep cleans so it is worth considering if you don’t fancy tackling this job yourself.
- Keeping carpets clean and stain-free can be almost impossible if you have kids or pets, but dirty carpets can give the impression to potential buyers that they need replaced. Don’t scrub away the marks as this can damage your carpet permanently, instead consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to come in and get them looking like new again. If you have old rugs down on the floor to cover the carpets in case of spills, then be sure to lift these before any potential buyers come to view your home.
- Candles and air fresheners can’t always mask a smell, but they are a nice addition to use after you have completed your deep clean to leave a nice aroma throughout the home. Be careful not to light candles in reach of any children or pets, or leave the home without blowing them out.
- Although it’s not technically cleaning, a lick of paint can do the world of good to a room. If your kids have got hold of your lipstick or crayons and decided to become graffiti artists, then it could be worth giving the paintwork another coat. In fact you might even find this is far less time consuming than scrubbing away at the messy walls!
- A quick trick to keep your home smelling sweet is by soaking cotton wool balls in perfume and placing them in your hoover. This will leave a lovely fragrance around the home when you hoover, killing two birds with one stone!
- Deep cleaning means getting into every nook and cranny, and that includes the microwave. Here’s a microwave cleaning cheat that involves only using a lemon: bit.ly/2aQlewT
- Clutter can give your property the appearance of not being clean, so aim for a minimalistic look as this can give buyers an opportunity to get a true sense of room dimensions. Tuck away kitchen appliances that aren’t essential, pack away kids toys before a viewing and don’t leave any dirty clothes lying about in bathrooms.
- Outside is as important too and we don’t just mean a bit of weeding. Make sure you can at least see the garage floor and remember to check that roan pipes aren’t blocked as this can cause unpleasant smells.
- Make a cleaning rota to keep on top of all your hard work. It’s super easy for dirt to collate in the home and you’ll be back to square one.