When you’re selling your home, one of the best and easiest ways to get your home ready is to spring clean and reduce any clutter. While that sounds like a basic task, it can sometimes get overwhelming when you don’t know where to start.
Follow these steps to spring clean and declutter your home and get ready to sell your home this spring.
Start with the basics
It might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you start with a good cleaning of your home from washing the windows to wiping down all the walls and kitchen cabinets.
Key areas of your home to pay attention to:
- Clean your appliances inside and out- especially if they are included in the sale of your home.
- Clean any window coverings and windowsills.
- Do a thorough cleaning of all bathrooms.
- Mop your floors.
- Clean all bedding, towels, couch coverings and pillows.
- Dust all light fixtures and change any burnt-out lightbulbs.
- Clean all doorknobs and door casings (its surprising how fingerprints accumulate there over time)
A common addition of homes in Sudbury is a rock in the basement. Make sure you thoroughly sweep and clean off any dirt and dust and remove any water that has seeped inside.
You will want to do a quick cleaning before each showing of your home, but if you do this initial deep-cleaning, it will be much easier and faster to get your home ready before each showing.
Once your home is sparkling clean, you want your home to be as open and neat as possible. One other pro to decluttering is that it makes moving to a new home easier because you have less stuff to pack and move.
Items to declutter in your home:
- Declutter the entryway because it is the buyers’ first impression of your home once they are inside.
- Remove any unwanted books and ornaments from shelves and then organize bookshelves and entertainment units neatly.
- Remove as many personal items as possible such as picture frames, toys, and mail.
- Keep stairways and hallways clutter-free.
- Organize closets. You might not consider this, but many people will open all the closets and cupboards during a showing.
- Pack away or donate any excess toys or store in bins that you can stack neatly in the basement or garage.
- Throw away or file any unnecessary papers and mail.
Removing the number of unneeded items in your home will instantly make it look cleaner and will make the rooms look larger. Plus, you won’t have to move these items unnecessarily.
One way to quickly pick up last minute clutter is to keep an empty laundry basket handy and right before a showing, place any small items like mail or toys inside and place in your car until after the showing. This will help keep your home tidy and reduce the amount of stress you might have with keeping your home clutter-free.
Pay attention to the curb appeal
The first thing any potential buyer will see is the outside of your home. Buyer will often drive by a property first, just to see the location and outside condition even before booking an appointment to see the inside. It’s your homes first impression so it is so important to take care in making your front yard, garage and front of your home look as good as possible.
- Rake your front yard and remove any dirt and dead grass and leaves. This will make a huge difference to the overall look of your yard.
- If necessary, cut the grass and rake.
- Clean out any flower beds.
- Remove any clutter, unused toys and tools.
- Clean the door to the garage.
- Sweep off the driveway.
- Sweep the roadway or sidewalk in front of your home.
- If its warm enough, plant some flowers or place a couple flower pots at the entranceway if there is enough space.
Make sure that you declutter the outside of your home too, including the garage. If you have pets, ensure that you clean up any messes they have made outside (nothing leaves a worse impression than a buyer stepping in a little “surprise” your pet has left behind).
Also pay attention to any burned-out lights, broken steps or railings and fix before you put your home up for sale.
Early spring may be one of the hardest times of year to keep your home free of mud and sand, so make sure to sweep the front entranceway daily, both indoors and outdoors. You might also want to consider adding a new larger mat inside so that anyone seeing your home has space to leave their boots at the front door.
You want your home to look its absolute best during showings, so remember to do these finishing touches each time:
- Empty trash cans and recycling bins.
- Air-freshen the rooms with a scent that isn’t overpowering.
- Clean bathrooms and mirrors.
- Place new, clean towels in the bathrooms.
- Do a quick sweep for any dirt or dust.
- Make the beds and add throw pillows and accent blankets.
- Remove any clutter or appliances from kitchen counters.
- Tidy the front entranceway.
- Tidy closets and cupboards that visitors may open.
- Ensure that there is no dirty laundry piled up on the laundry room floor.
Potential buyers may not notice these little things, but most real estate agents will, and will be quick to point things out to their buyers. Taking the time to pay attention to these little details will make a big difference in the impression your home gives.
If you have more questions about how to sell your home this spring in the Greater Sudbury area, contact me and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.