Preparing your home for sale does not need to include expensive and extensive renovations.
In most cases a good, thorough cleaning will help your home show at its best.
Be sure to pick up and put away toys, clothes, shoes, books and magazines, and any other items that tend to acculumate in daily life.
Box up and store items that you know you will not immediately need. Create as much open space as you can in all of the living areas.
Here is a checklist of some items that usually require special attention on your get-ready-for-market cleaning day:
|Door handles and door knobs – clean off all finger smudges|
|Top edge of doors – dust and clean|
|Door frames – dust and clean|
|Window frames – dust and clean|
|Window sills – duct and clean off all finger smudges|
|Window handles or cranks – dust and clean off all finger smudges|
|Light fixtures – remove cover and wash if possible|
|Ceiling fans – wash or dust all fan blades|
|Ceiling – remove dust or cobwebs in corners|
|Dust heater and a/c air vents and returns – dust and clean|
|Top of baseboards – dust and clean|
|Plate rails – dust and clean|
|Frames of any hanging artwork – dust and clean|
|Light switches – clean off all finger smudges|
|Light switch plate covers – clean off all finger smudges|
|Top of all cabinets and bookshelves – dust and clean|
|All shelves and flat surfaces to the edge – dust and clean|
|Window blinds – dust and clean each slat|
|Window curtains – launder or hang new|
|Mirrors – clean off all finger smudges|
|Tile – clean off all build-up|
|Shower doors – clean off all finger smudges and build-up|
|Shower curtains – launder or hang new|
|Floor – thoroughly clean|
|Fixtures – clean off all finger smudges and build-up|
|All appliances – clean off all finger smudges and greasy build-up|
|Pay special attention to all handles and control knobs|
|Sinks and countertops – thoroughly clean|
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