Kathy Streib has given us a list of oft-overlooked areas when cleaning. Helpful at any time, especially important when preparing your home to sell. Check out the list and then, if you are like me, you'll want to grab the vacuum and dust rag and tackle some of these tasks.
Selling Your Home? 14 Areas You Don’t Want to Forget to Clean!
If you have plans to sell your house, chances are high on your list of projects is to make sure your house is clean. You no doubt were told this by
your real estate agent as well.
However, besides scrubbing your floors and cleaning windows and bathrooms and kitchen sinks, there are areas that you might miss.
Potential buyers may miss these areas but don’t count on it. In fact, you don’t have to wait until you’re selling your house to tackle these areas!
Don’t forget to clean these 14 areas:
*Behind and on top of the refrigerator
*Light bulbs and lampshades- hopefully these will be turned on when your home is being shown. So, make sure these are clean
*Outdoor mats- or purchase new ones. This is one of the first things a buyer will see. You want it to say “Welcome” and not “I’m old and dirty.”
*The cords behind the television and other electronics. It only takes a few minutes to run down each cord with a dust cloth, but you’d be surprised at what a difference it will make.
*Inside the oven and microwave- Buyers will open these! Don’t forget the burners.
*Ceiling fan blades- nothing worse than looking up and seeing a colony of dust bunnies.
*Air vents- break out the vacuum for this task!
*Inside your dishwasher- Many will often open and look in this just as they will the oven and microwave.
*Door frames and doors- So many hands touch these daily. Get Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and clean the smudges.
*Light switch plates- You can use the same Magic Eraser or if need be, replace it with a new one.
*Behind and under furniture- Just because it isn’t seen doesn’t mean that it isn’t noticed.
*Window sills-You’re always told to make your windows sparkle but don’t forget the window sills.
*Kitchen sink drains- no one is looking in it, but what’s in it could be sending a not so nice signal to your buyers. Use baking soda and vinegar, then hot water or ice cubes and coarse salt.
Don’t forget to clean these hidden areas before you put your house on the market! Let the buyers know that their next home has been well cared for!