Spring Cleaning to Sell

Now is the time of year for spring cleaning fever! If you’re preparing to sell your home, there are a couple additional things you can do to get your home ready for the market.

Exterior

An easy thing to do is freshen up the exterior of your home. Think about how the buyer would feel about your house without knowing how great you’ve kept it inside! Curb appeal invites them in to see how great the rest of your home is.

1. Mow the lawn, pull the weeds, mulch the garden, trim the shrubs, etc. This may take you all weekend but it can be done inexpensively.

2. Rent or borrow a power washer. You can spray down the exterior with the power washer to make it super clean. Look and see what psi you need to use to wash the type of exterior you have so as to not damage it. 1000-2000 is typical for wood or vinyl but brick needs to be between 500-1200 because it is more brittle to that kind of pressure.

3. If you have a painted exterior and your paint is chipped or faded, considering spending the weekend redoing that.

4. Clean the windows! As easy as that.

Interior

Spring cleaning in general should get your home ready to sell, but here are a couple other things to consider,

1. If you have acquired too much stuff over the holidays, you may need to de-clutter. Consider donating, having a garage sale, or renting a storage unit just for while your house is on the market. HomeGain claims a 586% return on the investment of a storage unit during the sale of your home.

2. Before you start buying more lights to help brighten up your home to sell, try cleaning the light fixtures. With the lights off, you may wipe the dust off of the bulb itself with a slightly damp cloth. Remove sconces and soak in the sink with mildly soapy water. You may be surprised how much that dust was blocking the light!

3. Use/rent/borrow a carpet shampooer or hire professionals to clean your carpet. Your carpet will look rejuvenated and getting that deep-down dirt out will help it look fresh.

4. If you can afford to, consider taking down a wallpaper that has become outdated or that you’ve gotten sick of and just repainting the wall. Even if the buyer will just come back in and repaint, you repainting will help the room look cleaner, newer, and fresher while it is on the market.

Good luck!

Then give us a call if you’d like a free in-home presentation about selling your home!

Anya
The Allen Group

Comments

  1. Great common sense tips; I like how a storage unit gives you a 500% return. What is the ROI on fresh chocolate chip cookies? 😉

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