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Cleaning Before Your Open House? The Checklist You Need Now

Congratulations. An open house is a great step toward finding the right buyer for your property. Getting it ready for that open house, though, can be a daunting task. How can you make sure it's as clean as possible? This checklist can help.

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Look at the walls? If you have spots on your walls, they're not going to be attractive to buyers. Your best bet is to do a bit of scrubbing before they arrive. Use a bit of dish soap and warm water to get started. That will remove any grease stains you may have on the walls. If necessary, you could add a bit of household vinegar to that mixture to get rid of really tough grease stains. Still seeing spots? You can make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub away stains. Because you're using baking soda, though, you'll need to rub gently on those stains or you may end up taking a bit of paint off with it. 

Buff the Floors? You should ensure all of the floors in your home have a gleaming shine, like you might see on a television commercial. There are a number of different finishing products out there to apply after you've given your floors a good scrub to ensure they shine. If you'd rather not use one of those, though, clean them as best you can, then use a DIY solution designed for your flooring type. For vinyl floors, clean with a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of hot water. Then add a few drops of baby oil to the mix to get that shine. For hardwood floors, a spray bottle of vinegar and vegetable oil should do the trick. 

Launder the Bedding? Remember your goal is for potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your home, and bedding that looks worn or dirty isn't going to help with that process. Be sure to throw all of your bedding in the laundry before potential guests arrive, and make sure it looks as fluffy and warm as possible. 

Give Every Room a Glance? Stand in the doorway of each room in your home. Look closely from a buyer's point of view. Is there anything else you need to fix before they start coming through your home? If so, make a commitment to get it done before they arrive. 

An open house is a good opportunity to show your home to lots of potential buyers at once, but the cleaning process before the big day is nothing short of a must.