Prepare Your Home for Sale (Part 1)

leather-furniture-cleaningThe cleaning that goes into your home when you’re getting ready to put it on the market can be an intimidating and overwhelming task. It’s a lot like detailing a car, but on a much larger scale. You want every nook and cranny to be clean and look as new as possible.

Royal Interior Cleaning put this guide together as a way to help you get through the process in an organized room-by-room fashion with less stress. Start by de-cluttering your home – getting a storage unit is a great way to start. Remove anything extra or overly large so your rooms look open and inviting.

Make sure you have all the supplies you need before you start – rags, cleaning solutions, bucket, mop, and so on. There are tasks that will be repeated in each room; these are included in the general list at the end of Part 2 of this article for your convenience.

Start with your entry. Prospective buyers’ first impressions happen as soon as they enter your home, make sure it dazzles.

Clean your entry door and its hardware. If the door is weather beaten, a fresh coat of paint is a good idea. Clean any scuffmarks from the walls, floors, and baseboard. Repainting might be necessary if the walls are too marked up or damaged. Put out a welcome mat; if you don’t have one, buy one.

Replace any burnt out light bulbs and dust all lighting fixtures. Make sure your coat closet is neat, organized, and clean. Remove all but items of necessity so your home doesn’t look cluttered.

Move to the kitchen next. Buyers will scrutinize the kitchen, so it is worth spending a lot of time here. Wipe down all cabinets so they are free from food splatters and grease. Clean all your appliances inside and out – refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and every other appliance. Pull out the refrigerator and clean behind it, including the cords. Clean underneath the refrigerator as well. Vacuum the grill underneath.

Clean under the sink and make sure it is organized. Empty your garbage daily and keep the area deodorized. Clean all counters and remove anything you don’t need. Knick-knacks and unused appliances should be put away to make the area look as spacious as possible.

Your dining, living, and family rooms need to have all furniture dusted and waxed. Royal Interior Cleaning provides upholstery and blind cleaning. Using a professional service to make your window treatments and upholstered furniture look its best is the perfect way to make these rooms in your home stunning and draw in prospective buyers.

In Part 2 of this article, we’ll go through the rest of your home.

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