REAL ESTATE

Even though you may do “deep cleaning” once or twice a year, few people
ever clean every area of their home to the extent required to prepare it for sale. Cleaning for show and sell is like spring cleaning on steroids… and then some:


  • Bedrooms – Clear out bedside stands. Keep a covered basket under the corner of the bed with essentials (glasses, reading materials, etc.) and keep the surfaces clear. Keep fresh linens on the bed. Sweep and mop or vacuum the floors taking special care to clean under the bed, scrub baseboards and woodwork.
  • Closets – Remove any unnecessary or out-of-season clothes. The closets should be no more than half full. Leave nothing on the floor. Shelves should be organized and sparsely populated. Group all clothes by color. These steps will make closets look larger.
  • Kitchen Cabinets – Remove and discard, gift, or pack away all unnecessary appliances, pots, pans, and dishes. Eliminate “junk drawers.” Clean cabinets inside and out. Keep the cabinet surfaces completely clear.
  • Appliances – Make sure appliances are spotless inside and out, even if they aren’t included in the sale. Clean all coils and change filters. Clean the floor under appliances. The condition of appliances contributes to the overall impression of maintenance in a home and those appliances may come in handy later as a bargaining chip.
  •  Work Spaces – If there is a workshop, sewing area or home office area, be sure the contents are neat. If you don’t need the area while the home is up for sale, pack it up and stage the space for more flexible uses. If you require a home computer, consider using a laptop that can be tucked away when not in use.
  • Bathroom Cabinets – Remove and safely discard any unnecessary chemicals and expired medications. Relocate any prescription drugs to a safe or a locked box during showings.
  • Storage Areas – Keep out only what you will use every day. Donate, sell or pack away the rest. Make sure the floor is clear and the remaining items are organized.
  • Windows - Cleaning windows inside and out is particularly important since that will let in more light and help the house to show better. Ditto for window treatments.
  • Walls and Ceilings - Throughout the home, remove cobwebs, clean light fixtures, wash walls and wipe down doors, ventilation grates, baseboards and any other woodwork or trim.
  • Pantry – Discard old food items. Organize like- shaped items together (cans with cans/boxes with boxes). Keep the floor clean and clear.

Cleaning Your House for Show and Sell

  • One of the questions we are asked after a client decides to place their property on the market is, “What should I do to get ready?”  The first thing to remember is that we all have different tastes.  So don’t make a lot of major changes that might suit you but not the new buyers.  A buyer will make changes according to their own decorating preferences.
  • The key is to keep things simple.  The less clutter the better.  If things seem crowded, think about storing items or use this opportunity to make a donation to your favorite charitable foundation. 
  • Do make minor repairs such as leaky faucets.  
  • The overall first impression is most important to a prospective buyer. Outside, landscaping can make a dramatic difference.  Often something as simple as flowers lining a front walkway can make a more inviting entrance.
  • DON’T go to any great expense. 
  • One of the aspects of my assistance is that I can provide you with a list of qualified people to assist you in readying your property for sale.  The excellent team of painters, handymen, gardeners and cleaning services can assist you and often at special senior prices.
  •  Let us take the worry out of preparing your property for sale.  We will help you organize the necessary work from start to finish, allowing you to concern yourself about more important things.

Thank you for visiting our site. We hope that you were able to locate the information you required with regard to selling your home. If not, please do not hesitate to contact us with any of your concerns or questions. Our goal is to ensure you get the most value out of our services by ensuring a smooth selling process.
 
Please visit us often, as the content and listings on the site are continuously updated. Please feel free to contact us for additional information regarding the sale of your home including in home evaluations.  We are here to help any way we can and look forward to joining forces with you to form your home selling team.

Has the listing on your home has expired.  Did you know that a few of the reasons a property doesn’t sell may include the following:

  • Lack of marketing
  • Over Pricing
  • Improper Staging
  • Inconvenience of Showing


We would like the opportunity to meet, with no cost or obligation to you.  We have a few marketing ideas to help sell your home.  In addition, we would like to offer our services to conduct a Comparable Market Analysis (CMA), showing you the current housing market activity in your area. 


If you are interested in continuing the efforts to sell your home, please contact us at your earliest convenience.  We are looking forward to show you how we can help!