Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

10 Spring Cleaning Tips to Sell Your House Like a Boss!

Make your home ready for the busiest real estate season with these spring cleaning tips:

Start Strong

Evaluate the state of your front door. Does it need to be replaced? Or would a fresh coat of paint fix it up? If you have shutters on your windows, consider painting them in a color that matches your door. Clean and polish your doorknobs and fixtures, and add some decorations to the entryway such as flowers or wreaths.

Pro tip: People naturally find symmetry to be aesthetically pleasing, so if you add any accents to your entryway, make sure to place them on both sides of the door.

Fix your mailbox.

One of the first things potential homebuyers will see when they arrive at your house is the mailbox. If your mailbox is old, or damaged, it could give the wrong first impression. You can get a new mailbox at your local hardware store, or at most major retailers. If you choose to replace the actual mailbox post — make sure the position of the mailbox on your new post is 42 inches off the ground so as to comply with federal regulations.

Keep your yard clean.

Mowing the lawn, weeding the flowerbeds, and pruning the bushes are great ways of maintaining the appearance your yard. Add a splash of color by planting some flowers around the yard.

Give your home a fresh coat of paint.

Never underestimate the power of a new coat of interior and exterior paint to give your home a welcoming, fresh, and clean feeling. If you want to appeal to a wider audience, choose neutral colors for the interior that will go with any home decor and an exterior color that matches the other neighborhood homes.

Replace those popcorn ceilings!

Also called acoustic ceilings, popcorn ceilings were common in homes built from 1950-1980, but have lost their apeal among modern day homebuyers. Removing this type of ceiling can be time consuming but will increase the value of your home.  

Clean your floors.

Focus on your floors during your spring cleaning. Steam clean your carpets, use a wood-cleaner on any hardwood floors, and hire a professional cleaning service for any high-maintenance flooring such as tile or marble. Potential homebuyers pay the most attention to the walls, ceilings, and floors so make sure they are as clean as possible.

Remove Clutter.

Put everything non-essential in storage, or give it away. This will help keep your home looking and feeling clean and spacious. It will also save you time when you are ready to move.

Let there be light!

Wash your windows, inside and out. Clean your curtains and blinds, dust your light fixtures, and replace any old or burnt-out lightbulbs.

Pro tip: wash your windows on a cloudy day, this way the sun won’t dry the cleaning solution too quickly and you won’t have to worry about streaks.

Deep clean your kitchen and bathrooms.

Wipe down your cupboards, clean the grout between tiles, and remove everything from the countertops. Re-caulk your bathtub and/or shower as well as your sink. Polish the fixtures and ensure there isn’t any mold present.

Organize your backyard.

As the last thing buyers see on a home tour, the backyard should look impeccable. Remove decorations that clutter up the yard and add a simple table and chair set. Power wash and stain your deck and fence. If you have a pool and/or jacuzzi, clean those as well. Get rid of any dying foliage along with any outdoor storage units that are in poor condition. Adding a fire pit, pond, or outdoor lighting is a great bonus to help create an inviting atmosphere.

For additional home staging tips, contact your Preview Properties agent today!