When your home hits the market and the showing requests start rolling in, keeping things in tip-top shape can make you feel less like a seller and more like a circus leader. But don’t sweat the small stuff! We’ve got 4 cleaning cheats that’ll help you keep your space sparkling and show-ready on a moment’s notice (and help you keep your sanity throughout the selling process, too!)
Lean On Your Littlest Helpers
Have kids? Pets? Both? If so, we know it’s hard to keep your home clean enough for your own liking, let alone for the complete strangers who may be interested in buying it. And while the four-legged housemates may not be much help, the two-legged ones can be! Engage your kids in the showing prep process and (please, parents) make it fun! Get oversized organization bins (and even let them pick out their own patterns), label them with your little ones’ names, and make a contest of cleaning up before showings. For every showing your kiddos help clean up for, let them earn “points” toward something for their rooms in your new home (try wall art or some fun, new printed bedsheets!). This way, they’ll be helping tidy up while also getting excited about the transition to their new space.
Stash The Laundry
Let’s face it: the last thing a potential buyer wants is to step inside for a sneak peek at your home… and, instead, get a sneak peek at your dirty laundry. So, don’t throw heaps of soiled, wrinkly clothes in your bedroom closets, thinking buyers won’t see it! They will (because, after all, who’s not scoping out closet sizes when house hunting?!) In fact, don’t even toss those stained socks and dirty dishtowels in a hamper! Stash them out of sight (and out of buyer’s minds) where they’ll eventually wind up anyway… the washing machine! Most buyers won’t lift the lid, and you’ll spare them the embarrassment of seeing your personal items on display in a wide-open laundry basket.
Focus On Featured Areas
Don’t have time to do a deep clean sweep of the entire house before each and every showing? We don’t blame you! Save the full-on cleaning for special times (like the day before a scheduled open house) and sneak by with smaller touch-ups in between. When do you tidy up for individual showings, focus on the features buyers notice most in each room. For example, a buyer probably won’t notice whether you have a little bit of dust on the baseboards or an unorganized spice rack, but they will notice if your countertops are cluttered with mail and kitchen gadgets or your stainless steel refrigerator is covered in sticky handprints and yesterday’s leftovers.
Save Time For A Few Special Touches
While creating clutter is the last thing you want to do before a showing, there are a few small, special touches you can add that’ll go a long way with potential buyers. Fold some fluffy white towels and hand towels and place them in your bathrooms for a fresh, inviting spa-like feel or sit a big, beautiful bowl of fresh fruits (think: lemons, oranges, or apples) on your kitchen island for a pop of color. Have a chalkboard wall or hanging chalkboard art? Write a special note saying “Welcome Home” to stir up even more warm, fuzzy feelings and leave buyers with a lasting impression.