Cleaning a home is not the easiest of tasks. But when your home is on the market, you have to clean it regularly, and the task can be overwhelming. But clean, staged homes sell faster so you can’t overlook the process. A clean home gives potential buyers the impression that a house is well maintained and move-in ready. But cleaning can take a lot of time, that’s why we’ve provided these time-saving cleaning tips to save you time.
Create a Checklist
Without a checklist, you won’t know what you’ve done and what you haven’t. Sit down and create a cleaning checklist. This will help you to save a lot of time when cleaning. Go through your house and write down what needs to be cleaned.
Prioritize the tasks – from the most important to the least important. In addition, make a list of deep cleaning tasks. You should clean the kitchen and the bathroom every day as these rooms get a lot of traffic. After you’ve completed a task, put a tick next to it and start the next task.
Do Away with Clutter
Clutter not only affects your home, it affects you. Research shows that clutter overwhelms your senses, increases your stress levels, and hinders your ability to think creatively. When your house is free of clutter, you can clean it more efficiently.
If you think you may get overwhelmed decluttering, enlist the help of your family members. You can give each person an area to declutter. Tell them to pack unused items and you’ll have a head start on packing. When you declutter your home, buyers are able to focus on the important things.
Focus On the Rooms That Buyers Examine Most
It is no secret that buyers examine some rooms more than others. 4 rooms interest buyers most – the living room, the dining room, the kitchen and the bathroom. Go through each of these rooms and look at them as a potential buyer would. Do you like what you see?
Vacuum the floors and clear shelves and countertops. Use a dust mop to clean wood floors. In the bathroom, clean the toilet and put a toilet-bowl cleaner. Hang fresh towels and put out new soap – especially before a showing.
Get Rid of Unpleasant Smells
Pets, cigarettes, and smelly foods can give your home a really bad smell. If your home has a weird smell, it is the first thing homebuyers will notice. Bad smells can also make people recall unpleasant memories. Do not spray artificial air fresheners as they only worsen the situation. Also, you never know what allergies homebuyers have. The best thing to do is steer clear of artificial air fresheners.
Identify the source of the smell and get rid of it. If it is something that needs to be repaired, repair it. You can place essential oil diffusers strategically in your home or display fragrant flowers in every room. You can also brew coffee or bake cookies to give your home a homely smell. Put them out so buyers can enjoy them when inspecting your home.
If your home is not clean, homebuyers will think that there are other areas of your home that are neglected – even if there aren’t. If you don’t have time to clean your home every day while it is on the market, make the most of these time-saving cleaning tips. Spend less time cleaning your home and entice buyers from the get-go.