Everyone knows that when they list their home for sale that they have to de-clutter and keep their home cleaner than usual. Vacuum twice as often, fluff the pillows, make sure your bedroom is bright and beautiful. But does your home show that you are always that clean or that you just rushed around and make it extra clean on the surface for the sale. Some telltale signs that I look for when showing a home can give a lot of insight as to what goes on in the home usually and how clean the owners truly are. The following is a list of what I check for when a buyer is concerned with a clean home.
Tubs – I always check the tub, it’s one of the hardest areas to get clean if you don’t keep it clean on a regular basis, a sparkling tub says that the home owner is clean or just replaced the tub. Discolouration, peeling or damaged caulk are all signs that your tub is not a first priority.
The Furnace – I know it’s a weird spot to check, but a clean furnace can say a lot about the home owner. Most people let dust pile up on their furnace, this amount of dust can make the furnace look older than it really is, so take a duster to your furnace and give it some new life. Don’t forget to change that furnace filter too.
Windows – I don’t only look to see if the glass has been cleaned both inside and out, but the tracks. A home that has been neglected will often have tracks full of black dirt or dust, a toothbrush and some patience can take care of this issue and make your windows look newer and the buyer is less likely to mention they need to be replaced.
Dishwashers – Appliances that are built in stay with the home, so I check them. A person who keeps their home in tip top shape will not only wipe the outside of these appliances, but they will also make sure the inside is clean too. I check the outside edges and if visible I look in the trap. This cleaning is another quick tip to make your home look like it’s in tip top shape. Even if the appliance is not staying, check ovens and washing machines, they can also be areas that show home neglect.
Trim, crown molding and ceilings – buyers are look for your home to clean from top to bottom, that means dusting or washing your trim, crown moldings and ceilings. If you have to repaint some areas that are bit grungier, you should, this quick job will give your home the shine it needs. You'll also be surprised how much cleaner a fresh coat of ceiling paint can make your home look, give it a try one weekend, you'll be happy you did.
If you really want your home to show well, make sure to touch on these spots that I often find are missed in a quick cleanup. Most home owners are so focused on removing items that they aren’t seeing what’s right in front of them. If you have to hire a professional cleaner to make these items shine, it’s well worth the money and they can make sure all these spots are clean quickly and your home will be ready to be placed on the market.