Spring is often a time when homeowners get the urge to clean the closets, dust the cobwebs, and freshen the drapes. Now that the weather is warming up, it is natural to open the windows and clear out the mustiness that might have set in during the colder winter months.
Not only will spring cleaning make your home more comfortable, but these efforts are essential if you are preparing to sell your home. Every corner of the house needs to be cleaned to a white-glove standard, ensuring that the property is ready for potential buyers to visit.
Follow these tips if you want to get the best results from your spring cleaning:
Tip #1: Start at the Top
Take a moment to strategize the optimal system to address the tasks that need to be done. For example, you might do the same work twice if you sweep and wash the floors before wiping down the counters and cleaning the pantry. Crumbs from the cupboards will fall on the counters, and then fall to the floor. So, start with the highest points in the room and always finish with the floors.
Tip #2: Send Unused Items to a Donation Center
As you are cleaning the closets and working your way through the cupboards, you will find items that haven’t been touched in a long time. There’s no reason to hold onto the clutter! Make a goal to fill several boxes with goods for donation. You will feel great to open up space in the closet. Plus, you will love the opportunity to help others with the donations.
Tip #3: Don’t Take Shortcuts
If you are going to the effort to pull everything off the shelves or clear out the closets, then don’t take shortcuts when you have access to these untouched areas of your home. Wash down the shelves and wipe the doors, giving you a fresh, clean area to use when you are ready to organize everything again.
Tip #4: Wash Baseboards, Walls, and Woodwork
Even though the walls don’t look like they need to be cleaned, you might be surprised to see how much builds up on the surface over time. Use a damp rag with water and a little bit of soap to wash the woodwork, walls, and baseboards in sections. Enlist the kids to help with the baseboards because kids are the perfect height for the work that needs to be done near the floor.
Tip #5: Hire the Experts
Why spend your free time with a broom in hand when you could be building important memories with your children instead? Instead of scheduling a weekend for spring cleaning with the family, consider the benefits of hiring a cleaning service so that you can take a weekend trip with the people that you love. Cleaning services are worth the expense, especially if you are preparing to move into a new home.
At DUFFY Realty, we know the best strategies to help you prepare your home for the real estate market. Call us to learn about the ways your family will benefit from the services that we offer: (678) 318-1700