5 Simple Housekeeping Hacks For A Quicker Home Sale
by Kevin Lapp
on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 3:41pm.
It’s a no-brainer that a clean home is a sellable home, but, as most of us know all too well, life can often get in the way of a picture-perfect looking home. Here are five simple housekeeping tricks that are easy and will help you maintain a tidy home before and after your house hits the market.
1. Make Way for Mats
A simple mat placed at each entry to your home will save time and energy on floor cleaning. Make sure they are large enough for someone to remain on it when they close the door behind them. The mat will gather the weather from their shoes or boots reducing the amount of time you spend washing the floors. Place a few pairs of flip flops or slippers in a basket for visitors to use and make them feel welcome. These are easy to roll up and tuck away if you’ve got potential buyers coming to see your home.
2. Let the Light Shine In
Give all your windows a good wipe or wash on the inside and outside. Sometimes a build-up of dust and grunge over time blocks light from shining in your space. To make sure you don’t miss any streaks, try wiping horizontally on the inside and vertically on the outside, so you know which side needs an extra swipe. You may notice your window panels have gathered some dust as well so give them a wash and iron if necessary. Your Realtor® should have some recommendations for window cleaners handy for your convenience if you’re short on time.
3. Keep up with the Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub of the home and usually the most common place for messes to accumulate. It’s also a good habit to keep counter clutter to a minimum so get used to working in a minimalist-looking space. While your home is for sale, tuck away any small appliances when they are not being used, sort and put away mail and papers as soon as you receive them so they are always out of sight, and keep wipes handy for a quick scrub down. Stay on top of your kitchen by cleaning and putting away dishes right after a meal, or placing them in the dishwasher.
4. Not-so-Obvious eye Sores
Buyers aren’t accustomed to your home and usually pick up on spots we so often overlook. Wipe down or give a good dusting to ceiling fans, lamp shades, and light fixtures. Some other areas that can usually use a scrub are light switches, the areas around door handles, and cupboard knobs. You use these every day without notice, but a buyer will search for switches and look more closely at the areas and items we might miss.
5. Showcase the Floorspace
One of the best ways to make your home appealing to potential buyers is to keep as much off the floors as possible so they can envision their things in your space. Do a quick walk-through and pick up anything that’s lying around before you leave the house. You can use storage units, baskets, wall or shelf space for keeping toys and other items out of sight or out of the way of passing feet. Even better, store away