Ok. So, it’s time to show your house. What can you do to make your house stand out for a sale? You cleaned your home, de-cluttered it, did the repairs and staged the furniture now what? There are selling specific cleaning tips that will make your house stand out right from the front door.
1) The first thing the potential buyer will see as they enter the home is the front door. Some think of this as unimportant, but this is the passage to your home.
Picture this: The Realtor Jenny, meets Mr. and Mrs. J at the house. She greets them. As Jenny tells them about the house they walk up the path to the porch. Jenny reaches out and pushes buttons on the little box that holds the keys for Realtors. She takes out the key and unlocks the front door.
Now, think about the young couple. Do they just stand there not noticing anything? No. they are standing there looking at everything. They see the cobwebs in the corner of the door, how dirty it is, all the scratches and marks, how dull it is and they are trying to look through the window on the door. So, in that moment they have begun to form an opinion.
Make that door POP! – Clean it with soap and water. Use a magic eraser to remove marks and blemishes. A generic eraser from one of the stores that sell everything for a buck will work. If you have a silver screen door use a stainless steel cleaner on it. On old dull wooden doors, use a wood oil. Use it thick. Let it set. Any oil that does not soak in, wipe off in long strokes.
Clean the door frame. Sweep out the threshold. Make it shine like the door or screen-door. Clean out the cobwebs.
2) The bathroom has several different tips. First, to get rid of build-up on the shower door, use vinegar. Wipe it on. Let it set for at least five minutes. Scrub with a rough scrubber. The green ones that are used for dishes are fine. Next, use a magic eraser to remove any marks on the tub or sink.
Dolores Thorson of Majestic Cleaning in Omaha, Nebraska recommends using a pumice stone on any lime build-up in the toilet bowl. She says “even the toughest build-up can’t stand up against a pumice stone.”
3) In the kitchen, even if they are not staying, the appliances must be clean. Wash them. Use a magic eraser to get off marks. On the stove, black marks will turn off a potential buyer. Use a grill scrubber with a pad and a handle to get off thick, black and burnt on gunk.
If you are living in the house cover all the burners with foil or foil covers that can be taken off quickly for a showing.
4) Any marks, blemishes, or dirt on the walls can be removed with a magic eraser.
5) Do not forget to clean the back splashes.
6) Another place people forget to dust is above door frames and windowsills.
7) Clean the windows using water with three or four drops of dish soap and a squeegee. It is how the pros do it.
8) Check all the corners for cobwebs. Sweep them out or use one of those special brushes for cobwebs.
9) Double-check everything.
10)The magic eraser is your biggest friend. Use caution with it on your floors. It will pick up dirt you didn’t know was there. Dolores told me “I used it to clean up a mark on a dining room floor that I had already mopped. (The eraser) worked so well I actually had to clean the whole floor with it because the little area looked so much cleaner than the rest of the floor that it looked out of place.”
The key is to let the buyer see your house, not your dirt.