Sellers who are planning on listing their homes during the spring sales season should do a deep spring cleaning on the home before it goes on the market. Ideally they should hire a cleaning team to come in and make sure the house sparkles from top to bottom. But if sellers want to clean the home on their own before listing it here are some cleaning tips you can share with them to get the house deep cleaned and ready to be seen by prospective buyers:
Get The Windows Washed
Sparkling windows will make the house look brighter and make smaller rooms seem larger. Interior windows should be cleaned well and the exterior windows should be cleaned also. A fresh coat of paint on window sills and trim will also make the windows look more appealing. Skylights and other special feature windows like picture windows need to be cleaned too. That’s why it’s a great idea for homeowners to get professional window cleaners who have the right equipment to do the job.
Don’t Forget The Drapes
Drapes should be washed and ironed if they are not replaced. Heavy or dark curtains should be replaced with lighter colored ones in fabrics like cotton or gauze to let in as much natural light as possible. If there are blinds they should be cleaned too.
Regrout The Bathroom
A fresh coat of paint does wonders for making a house seem clean and appealing. A fresh layer of grout in the bathroom does the same thing. It’s almost impossible to get old or stained grout to look good in the bathroom, and potential buyers will notice. So a fresh layer of grout in the bathroom and the kitchen if the kitchen is tiled will make the bathroom and kitchen a lot more attractive by making the spaces seem exceptionally clean and inviting.
After the winter the outside of the house can look dull and grimey. Renting a powerwasher or hiring a team to powerwash the outside of the home will dramatically improve the appearance of the house and increase the curb appeal. The garage, driveway and walkways should also be powerwashed. And don’t forget to wash the front door too.
Replace Crown Molding
Over the years crown molding and other decorative elements can develop chipped paint, scratches, and dips. Instead of trying to repair and repaint molding, wainscoting or other elements like that they should just be replaced. Replacing them is often more cost effective than trying to repair them and make them look great. Crown molding pieces can also be added to areas like cupboards to make the home look more modern and attractive to buyers.