If you’re selling your home in Aspen, your REALTOR® will most likely talk to you about doing a deep-clean and prepping the house for the market. Your agent may suggest that you hire a professional cleaning company to tackle the hard work for you, which we also recommend; hiring a pro can free up your time so you can focus on other things (like home staging). If hiring a professional isn’t in the cards for you, you can use these five tips to make things easier.
5 Tips to Deep-Clean Your Home for a Fast Sale
Here’s the bottom line up-front: Clean your home room-by-room to break up the job and make it easier. Then, as you go through each room:
- Clear out clutter first
- Check for seasonal tasks in every space
- Get up-close and personal with backsplashes, baseboards and molding
- Make your windows shine
- Clear out and organize your pantry and cabinets
Here’s a closer look at each.
Deep-Clean Tip #1: Clear Out Clutter First
Go through each room and find a place for everything that doesn’t belong. That goes for bills on the counters, clothes that aren’t put away and kids’ toys – everything! Now is the time to get rid of things you don’t want to take when you move, too; consider donating your “extras” to a local shelter, the Purple Heart Foundation, or another charity.
Deep-Clean Tip #2: Check for Seasonal Tasks in Every Space
Some of your rooms have once-a-year maintenance tasks, like cleaning off your refrigerator coils, changing air filters in your ventilation system, and swapping out smoke detector batteries. If any of those tasks are present in a room, knock them out of the way before you handle the other jobs in that room.
Related: 7 secrets for staging your kitchen to sell your home in Aspen
Deep-Clean Tip #3: Get Up-Close and Personal With Backsplashes, Baseboards and Molding
Although prospective buyers may not notice if you scour your backsplash, scrub the baseboards or carefully wipe down crown molding, they’ll definitely notice if you don’t. Though these seem like tiresome tasks, they’re all important when you’re deep-cleaning your home to put it on the market. (That’s another reason we recommend hiring a professional cleaning company when possible; we know these kinds of tasks are a pain, but they’re absolutely necessary.)
Deep-Clean Tip #4: Make Your Windows Shine
Buyers will notice your windows when they pull up at the curb, so it’s important that you scrub them inside and out. Your windows let in natural light, which buyers like to see when they’re touring homes – and each spot, streak or dirty area interrupts it.
Deep-Clean Tip #5: Clear Out and Organize Your Pantry and Cabinets
Pull out everything in your pantry and cabinets, clean them, and put it all (or most of it) back in an organized way. Buyers can – and almost certainly will – open up your pantry and cabinets to see how much space is available, so you want them to come away with the impression that there’s lots of room and that they’re easy to keep organized.
Related: 5 tips for staging your living room to get higher offers
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