You’ve had your home listed for awhile now, or you’ve been waiting for the Spring market to arrive so you can finally list your property. Either way, there’s some things to take into consideration before putting that “For Sale” sign on the lawn!
Spring cleaning has been a tradition for many generations. It’s a way to freshen the house and yard after hibernating all winter. So where do you start?
Buyers will be coming to look at your home with a magnifying glass. They want a fresh, new home and by spending a few extra hours you may give your home the little edge over the neighbor that hasn’t gotten around to cleaning yet. With the large amount of homes currently for sale, and with many more expected for this Spring,
It may seem like a daunting task if you look at the house and yard as a whole, but by breaking it down to more manageable chunks it can be accomplished over time.
- Start room by room, either top to bottom or bottom to top. Tackling one room at a time is much easier than looking at it as a complete house. It also gives you a boost when you see one room get finished and you are able to mark it off the list.
- Remove items to be taken to dry cleaning or washed, such as drapes and decorative bedding. Many draperies and curtains are machine washable, but check labels first. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe down wooden blinds with a damp cloth and warm water mixed with a little mild dishwashing liquid – this also works well and safely on metal and vinyl blinds.
- Damp-dust places that are not part of your regular housecleaning, such as high shelves, window ledges and art.
- Wipe down walls and ceilings – concentrating on fingerprints and soiled areas. No need for chemicals – simply use a bit of water and baking soda to get scuff marks off. However, if you have really stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, tackle it with a solvent-free degreaser (it’s a good idea to test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mar the surface).
- Clean, vacuum and treat upholstered and leather furniture to bring a new life and longevity.
- Clean and treat wood furniture to bring it back to its original shine. Do you have heat damaged wood or stubborn rings (often caused by wet glasses) on your favorite wood table? They may be removed by rubbing a mixture of equal parts of distilled vinegar and a quarter cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water. Then wipe off and apply wood protector of your choice.
- When vacuuming and cleaning floors and/or rugs, move furniture that has been in place during the winter season and clean underneath; perhaps move things around to get a new perspective. Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. However, rugs without backings, such as those expensive oriental rugs, require professional cleaning.
- Pull out items in cabinets and drawers, vacuum out debris and wipe down both the inside of the drawers and the items in them, then return them back in place. This is a great way to downsize and feel lighter.
- Wash down windows and window sills. For streak-free windows, mix equal parts of distilled vinegar and warm water. Use either a dry cloth or newspaper …
- To clean out winter’s stale air, open the windows and breathe in that fresh air. There is nothing like the smell of spring to lift your spirits.
- Head outside to sweep away old man winter and spray down decks and sidewalks. A pressure washer can be rented from tool and equipment rental shops or at some hardware stores. P.S. For another sense of renewal, consider buying a new door mat to welcome in the new season.
Now, granted, it may be a few weeks before the weather gets warm enough for some of these suggestions, but it’s a great time to get a jump on some of the indoor ones so, when we do get the warmer weather, you’ll be able to enjoy it!
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