It’s that time of year again! The spring real estate market is heating up, and that means that homeowners across Chicago are coming up with plans to get their places ready to sell, so they can move out and move on to their next dream home.
Whether you’ve lived in your home for five months or five decades, you’ve probably left your mark on the space. Before you and your real estate team can start showing off the property to eager buyers, there’s a lot of work that must be done to get the listing clean, presentable, and ready to wow any visitor who might step through the front door.
One of the most important things you can do to get your home ready to sell is to give it a deep cleaning, inside and out.
Working with your real estate pro, take a walk through your home and look at it with fresh eyes. Don’t think about this space as your home, but instead imagine that you’re a prospective buyer, seeing each room for the very first time. When you look at your property through these new eyes, you may be surprised by how much the little messes and details jump out to you.
That smudge mark on the wall, that little bit of dust on the window sill, that lingering litter box odor in the back room — all of these small annoyances can add up, and may seriously turn off buyers as they tour your home. Take a mental note of what should be cleaned, and prioritize jobs from most important to least important. From there, you can build out a list and schedule time to tackle all the most important tasks, which might include:
Decluttering and depersonalizing
One of the biggest pieces of advice you’ll get from real estate agents is that your home should look like a clean, approachable blank slate, since this invites buyers to start picturing themselves living in the space. To do this, be sure to ditch clutter and organize anything that’s sticking around. Work room by room and category by category, making sure to divide what you must toss, what you’re moving with you to your new home, and what you can recycle or donate. It may help to rent a temporary storage container to hold your things as you transition out of your old space, and into your new.
Dust, dust, dust! After decluttering, you’re bound to notice dust bunnies on shelves, under furniture, and in the corners of each room. Dust all surfaces regularly while you’re staging and selling your home, so each space looks clean and fresh (and livable to any allergy sufferers who may be stopping by).
Cleaning the floors
Be sure to thoroughly clean the floors throughout your home, including vacuuming all rugs and carpets. You may also want to spot treat any stains or dark marks, and consider investing in a carpet cleaning. Make your hardwood, laminate, and tile floors shine, and don’t forget to clean any visible grout in the kitchen or bathroom.
Cleaning the windows
Natural light is a huge selling point in any home. Help it along by making sure your windows are clean and clear. Polish up your windows, inside and out, and don’t forget to wipe down the screens, thoroughly clean your blinds, and suss out any dust or debris that may be hiding on the windowsill or above the window frame.
Making your bathroom sparkle
A clean and luxurious master bathroom can stop a buyer in their tracks — for all the right reasons. Spiff up your home’s bathrooms by polishing the mirrors; cleaning all fixtures (including faucets and showerheads); polishing cabinet hardware; wiping down the tub, shower, and sink basin; cleaning grout; and getting rid of dust or grime inside the vanity or any storage cabinets.
Showcasing your kitchen
Across the country, home buyers consistently say that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms to look at when touring a new house. Help your kitchen shine by cleaning the inside and outside of your cabinets, including handles and hardware; cleaning the inside and outside of your fridge and oven; cleaning your floors; keeping countertops shiny and free of dust or crumbs; sanitizing your sink basin and polishing up fixtures; and organizing and dusting any storage areas, such as the pantry or the area under your sink.
Tackling those hard-to-reach spots
Cobwebs in the corner? Dust on your ceiling fan? Before you can put your home on the market, you’ll need to make every inch of it look clean and presentable — and that means tackling the tough or awkward spaces you might usually overlook. Dust your crown molding and baseboards; clean the spaces under your furniture and appliances; clean your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher; polish door knobs and pulls; and get the tops of high shelves and cabinets.
Getting rid of unpleasant odors
Don’t forget to perform a smell test! If possible, get rid of the sources of nasty smells, such as the litter box. Take out the trash and recycling and clean your garbage bins to get them smelling fresh. Use essential oil diffusers, reed diffusers, or other low-maintenance additions to fill the home with fresh, clean scents that will make buyers feel right at home.
Sprucing up your outdoor areas
In addition to lawn and garden maintenance, don’t forget to clean your patio and balcony. Sweep and clean the floors, polish the railings, clean patio furniture and decor, and wipe down your outdoor light fixtures to help them shine.
Remember: You Don’t Have to Go It Alone!
Looking for a little help cleaning every inch of your house —and keeping it looking, feeling, and smelling its very best for weeks of showings and open houses? Sweeping Dimensions is here to step in and make things easier!
During the sale of your home, you’ve got plenty of things to deal with. Let us focus on the cleaning, so you can concentrate on saying goodbye to your space, coordinating with your real estate broker, and moving forward to the next big thing.
We can tackle every item on your deep clean “to-do” list — before, during, and after you begin the process of selling your home.
At Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service, we understand what it means to be true professionals. We always aim to make a sweeping effort for our clients, from individuals who need a helping hand for their homes, to real estate brokers and moving companies looking for a regular cleaning team to make their clients’ transitions go more smoothly.
As you get ready to sell, our teams can come in and take care of your space, bringing the skills and cleaning techniques needed to make your home sparkle in the eye of your ideal buyers. SDCS is fully bonded and insured, and our clients have come to expect the highest level of service and attention to detail from our teams at all times – even in the middle of a hectic move!
We offer flexible schedules, and our skilled teams can bring all of the supplies and equipment needed to take care of your space, with an emphasis on green, environmentally friendly cleaning tools and products.
Have any more questions? Ready to see what our experienced team can do as you get ready for a move? Don’t hesitate to get in touch today for your free service estimate!