The real estate market is competitive. Selling your home can be exciting and nerve-wracking, depending on how you approach it. According to a survey published by Realtor.com, the median days on the market for homes in the United States varies depending on the season, with some about 43 days and others as high as 67 days. Most sellers need to be aware that minimal preparation and effort can go a long way in making your property ahead of the competition.

Cleaning is a critical component of preparing your property for sale. It makes the first impression on potential buyers when they inspect the property. Are you thinking of putting up your home for sale? Then it would be best to go through these smart cleaning tips.

 

1.     Declutter your home

 

 

Decluttering is one of the most crucial things you should perform when preparing to sell your home. It allows prospective buyers to see the true potential of the property. Also, it gives buyers a clear view of the space. As a result, they can picture themselves and their belongings in the space.

It is advisable to start early when you are preparing for a successful decluttering. Doing so provides you enough time to work on all the areas to effect the necessary changes. If you are planning to declutter your property to sell your home, here are some clever tips:

·       Start with one room at a time. Doing so will make it less stressful.

·       Donate or sell items you no longer need. It can also fetch you extra money.

·       Store away items you still need but use infrequently. You can use storage units in the basement or the attic.

·       Get rid of outdated and broken items. Keeping them can make your home look outdated.

·       Focus the decluttering on high-traffic areas.

Decluttering will make your home appear bigger, more spacious, and more appealing. It further helps to add more value to your home.

 

2.     Deep clean the home

Deep cleaning is vital as you prepare your home for sale. That is because it makes a huge difference in the look and feel of your home. During this process, you should clean every surface, including the walls, windows, floors, and countertops. You also rid the property of any lingering odors. Prospective buyers will see the property in its best state when you deep clean it.

Below are some tips on how to deep clean the home:

·       Start with high-traffic areas first. That includes the living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

·       Tackle one surface at a time.

·       Use the proper cleaning product for each surface.

·       Get rid of any lingering odors; open the windows and use air fresheners where necessary.

·       Hire professional cleaners if you need more tools, expertise, time, or energy for deep cleaning.

 

3.     Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms

 

The two most essential rooms in a home are the kitchen and bathrooms. Homebuyers give much attention to these rooms. If these rooms are not up to par, they can quickly turn off potential buyers. Here are a few tips on how to handle these rooms:

·       Clean the shower, toilet, grout, tile, and tub.

·       Clean all surfaces in the kitchen floors, walls, countertops, sink, appliances, and so on.

·       Ensure that all fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen are functional.

·       Add a touch of luxury by keeping towels or fresh flowers to make the rooms welcoming.

 

4.     Clean the windows

Never underestimate the wonders clean windows can do to your home. Clean windows allow natural light and make your home feel brighter, open, and inviting. However, it is essential to note that window cleaning can be tedious. It takes time and effort. Below are some tips to ease the process:

·       Use the proper tools.

·       Clean on a sunny day. It makes it easier to spot streaks or smudges.

·       Clean both sides of the window.

·       Hire the service of professionals. You can do this if you are too busy to conduct the window cleaning or need the tools and expertise.

 

5.     Organize your closet and drawers

 

Homebuyers consider storage space when buying a property. You can use this opportunity to showcase your home's storage potential to them. It may sound simple, but this is a hectic task. To simplify it, you can follow these tips:

·       Purge the closet and drawers of items you don't need.

·       Group similar items together.

·       Use closet organizers.

·       Keep it neat.

 

Preparing your home for sale can be a tedious process. However, we advise hiring professional cleaners to help you with the task. Doing so will help you get the property ready faster than if you do it yourself. Also, the home will be sparkling because of the expert touch. Buyers will find it difficult to resist your super-clean property

Credit: Ryan Erwin, Outreach Manager at getpmhelp.com