Spring is officially here! As temperatures begin to climb, the real estate market is about to get busier. Warm weather encourages people to get out and also permits traveling to farther distances. If you’re thinking of listing your home, now is the time to get the wheels turning and prepare to show it.
Days are getting longer, but often on the chilly-side for yard work. So why not get started indoors with spring cleaning?
It’s not uncommon to train oneself to ignore clutter stuffed under beds, tucked into closets, or piled into corners. It’s easy to overlook the other signs of life that get tracked in from day-to-day, you may just become blind to it. Take it from us, for the prospecting home-buyer, the scuff marks and corner cobwebs won’t go unnoticed.
Here’s a spring cleaning checklist to walk with through your home — before your next showing! It may bring your attention to overlooked areas at home that may distract buyers from its true potential.
First impressions matter. Think back to when you purchased the home– what drew your eye as you entered it? Likely the most trafficked doorway in a home, entryways are notorious catch-all zones. Hang up and put away coats, hats, and shoes. Check behind doors for dust bunnies and the corners for cobwebs. Replace diminished light bulbs and clean out the collection of bugs in the light fixtures, inside and outside of the front door. Finally, wipe down the walls around the light switches. It may surprise you what’s blended in for so long!
Clean windows mean a bigger, brighter room!
Start by vacuuming-out window tracks from any dust and insects that may have gathered. With a sprinkle of baking soda sprayed with white vinegar, they’ll be much easier to wipe out and look like brand new. After you’ve used glass cleaner, take a dry microfiber cloth and wipe down any product that’s slow to dry. You’ll be amazed by the difference clean windows make. Lastly, dust your blinds!
You may not notice the uneven stream from your shower head, but you can count on a buyer to note calcium and hard water buildup that blocks the stream. You can soak your shower head in a vinegar and baking soda mixture for a couple of hours and it will come out like brand new!
Hard water stains in your toilet and around your bathtub can be removed relatively easily with a small square of drywall screen and a sprinkle of Barkeeper’s Friend. Be sure to use gloves for this task! Shining porcelain for the win!
Clean appliances indicate that they’ve been well-kept and cared for. Translating to a worthy investment for a prospective buyer. Most notably, count on folks to take a closer look at the bigger-ticket items around your home.
The same baking soda-vinegar process used on the window tracks will do a great job cleaning up tough spots and eliminating funky smells from most appliances. In the kitchen, take time to clean up the fridge, dishwasher, and the oven. If there’s an odor coming from your sink, grind the pulp of citrus fruit for a fresh, anti-bacterial treatment. In the laundry room, clean out the dryer vent tube with a pipe-cleaner brush and vacuum behind both machines in addition to wiping them down.
Especially easy to forget are the ventilation features around your home. If you haven’t changed out the furnace filter in ages, now is the time. A clean filter will improve the efficiency of your furnace as well as the accuracy of the thermostat. If you have floor registers tucked away under the bed or couch, better check them out. Dust and cobwebs covering the ceiling fans and floor registers mean there’s dust and cobweb particles floating around throughout your home!