Successfully selling a home involves impressing potential buyers by staging the house and highlighting the best features. An essential part of staging real estate is cleaning everything possible. Most homeowners will remember to clean carpets and windows but some areas of the home are less obvious. Here are 5 things you shouldn’t forget to clean when you are selling your home as potential buyers will most certainly notice and want to be able to move in without the hassle.
Doors and Door frames
Doors and door frames sometimes become invisible to homeowners who are staging a house for a sale. Doors are actually one of the most visible areas to potential home buyers. The front door is one of the first things home buyers will see. All doors in the home should be cleaned. Door frames should be dusted and wiped down from top to bottom.
It is easy to forget to clean an attic especially when it is not actively used. Homeowners should clean the attic as much as possible. This includes any pipes, ducts or appliances in the space. Insulation should look organized and tidy if it is visible. Most home buyers will want to see the attic to judge whether it can be used as extra living or storage space.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System
The HVAC system in the house should be cleaned thoroughly before selling a home. Dirty equipment, duct work and vents are very unattractive to potential buyers. When dealing with heating and AC professionals they have the experience and tools necessary to clean the entire system properly. This can include the duct work as well. A freshly cleaned HVAC system is a good selling point when showing the house.
Trim and Baseboards
The trim and baseboards often go unnoticed while preparing a house to be sold. Trim and baseboards will continue to collect dust every day. A layer of dust on trim can make hallways and rooms appear unkempt. Homeowners should go through the house before a showing and vacuum or dust all trim and baseboards.
Under Sinks, Toilets and Counters
The undersides of sinks, toilets and counters are not clearly visible when walking through a home. It is still important to take the time to wipe down the hidden surfaces underneath. This should include all pipes and plumbing attached to the fixtures. Home buyers who see clean fixtures and pipes will have more confidence in the plumbing in the house.
Taking the time to clean every easily forgotten area of the home will provide a professional and polished appearance potential buyers will appreciate. Cleaning an HVAC system can even show that the equipment operates perfectly. Homeowners should remember to clean and take care of small details between every showing.
Article and insights provided by Casey Haslem.