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Cleaning 101 Before Listing

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Before you put your home up for sale, you'll want to ensure it's clean for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn't appealing, and you won't get a good offer, if you get one at all, if your home isn't in tip-top shape. Cleaning your home doesn't have to be overwhelming, below we've listed the top things to remember to clean for each room.


+ Clean the door and hardware. + Wipe off all fingerprints on windows/furniture.  + Clean off scuff marks on floors and door. + Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working. + Tidy/clean up the coat closet. People WILL look in there to see the size.


+ Wipe down all cabinets. + Clean all appliances, inside and out. + Clean stove hood, on top and bottom. + Clean behind the refrigerator, on top and bottom too. + Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatter.  + Clean the space behind the sink. + Wipe down blinds/shades. + Wash any kitchen rugs, clean the floors and baseboards. + Store all of your pet food/food out of sight.


+ Clean behind toilet and under sink. + Only display absolute necessities, declutter. + Organize and clean under the vanity. + Scrub floors and clean grout lines. + Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor. + Be sure to lock away any medication. + Clean the fan and make sure it's functioning. + Replace any dead lightbulbs. 


+ Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets. + Clean the curtains and rugs. + Dust furniture.  + Remove any obvious stains from fabrics. + Keep closets clean and organized. + Store away dirty clothes and personal photos. + Clean marks on walls.

These are just the basics you don't want to forget about. If it's within your budget, we highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition. Contact your agent to get a great local recommendation.

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