If you are preparing to put your house on the market these days, you can't afford to overlook the details. The market is flooded with options for any qualified buyer -- you need to ensure that YOUR house is the most attractive option at the best possible price. Your Real Estate Agent will assist you with pricing. Only he/she knows the pricing criteria for houses similar to yours, in your area, that are receiving bids.As far as the other things you can do, decluttering and ororganizing always improves home sales. Once that's complete, you will need to get down to the nitty-gritty of ensuring the best possible first impression.
Clean, Clean, Clean... then Clean Some MoreCleaning is one of those things that you don't notice if it's done, but you ALWAYS notice if it isn't done. You want any potential buyer to see your house as a great "move-in-as-is" option. You do NOT want them to walk from room to room making mental lists of all the things they are going to have to do to make it livable. If your house is not spotless, that's the first thing that will occur to them. Showing a sparkling clean house also indicates a pride in ownership (even if you don't feel it at the moment) and indicates that other more serious maintenance issues have been handled in a timely fashion. If you have a dirty house, what other (less visible) things have you failed to do to keep the place up?
Kitchens and BathsThese are the two areas where cleaning is the most critical. Any dirt or grime here will be blindingly obvious.
- Clean around fixtures and faucets
- Clean in corners
- Eliminate water stains in Toilets
- Pay attention to outside surface of commode
- Scrub appliances
- Wash down cabinets, cabinet pulls and kick-plates
- Floors must be spotless
- Scrub the edges where floor and objects meet
- Polish sinks and tubs with a dry cloth to remove water spots
- Touch up the paint if you can't remove dingy areas by cleaning alone
Living AreasIf the living areas aren't inviting, the potential buyer won't be able to see themselves being happy living here. Removing all the extra furniture and clutter is the first step, but afterwards you need to get down to scrubbing.
- Clean the carpets, paying particular attention to high-traffic areas
- Clean upholstered pieces
- Dust all surfaces
- Clean all light fixtures
- Any non-carpeted floors should also be spotless
- Clean all mirrors
- Clean the glass on photos and hanging artwork
- Dust any electronics and clean computer/TV displays
- Check the corners for cobwebs
Private AreasBedrooms, offices and other "private" areas of the house should be organized and clean. These are the areas that show how the inhabitants of the home "really" live and should reflect a high level of cleanliness, organization and attention to detail.
- Clean and dust all surfaces
- Pay particular attention to mirrors
- Computer and TV screens should sparkle
- Notice the condition of kids' rooms and toys
- Clean the light fixtures
- Touch up any painted areas (especially important in kids' rooms)