Many homeowners do a serious deep cleaning before they begin to market their homes, and with good reason. That deep clean can mean the difference between selling it for the price you want and having to settle for something else. It’s easy to miss a spot here and there before you sell, though, and here are a few of the most common you might have overlooked.
· Under Your Appliances: Cleaning under the refrigerator, the stove, and the washer/dryer can be really frustrating, but it will help give your home a higher level of clean. The good news is that outside of dust, you shouldn’t have too much to clean under those spaces. You can even buy an attachment for your Hoover or use an old pair of nylons attached to broom to clean those spaces.
· Behind the Toilet: Many toilets don’t attach directly to the wall, and that leaves a small space for dust and debris to collect. You’ll want to be sure to hit this spot when you do your cleaning. A microfibre cloth attached to something like a metre stick will usually do the job for you without a lot of hassle.
· The Baseboards: You likely pay pretty close attention to your floors, but the chances are good that you hadn’t really considered giving the baseboards a good wipe-down. If your baseboards are wood, you’ll want a cleaner specifically for wood. If, on the other hand, you have painted baseboards, a soapy cloth should do the job. Just don’t get those baseboards too wet, or you could have another problem on your hands.
· The Window Tracks: Cleaned the outside of the windows? Cleaned the inside of the windows? You’re still not done. Instead, you need to take things one step further and clean the window tracks – the spaces where the window slides up and down. Begin by opening the window as wide as you can, then grab your Hoover with a narrow nozzle attachment. Hoover as much as you can out of the window, then sprinkle in some baking soda. Spray a solution of water and vinegar in those spaces, then let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the tracks with an old toothbrush, and dry it with a disposable towel.
It’s easy to miss a spot or two when you’re cleaning, but
the more you can find those easy-to-miss spaces, the more likely you are to
have a solid clean before you begin showing your home.