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Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Home in Top Showing Condition

March 9, 2017

Spring is fast approaching, and with it comes the year’s busiest season for residential real estate. If you are planning to sell your home, spring cleaning is a great way to get focused on preparing your home for viewing. Spring cleaning is a popular notion which many people like to do as a way to start fresh in the year. With winter cold abating, and nicer weather around, it’s easier to open up your home, which invites a good deep clean and scrub down to freshen everything up.

This is an ideal approach for anyone preparing to show their property. The NAR’s publication, Realtor Magazine, has published an excellent quick checklist of spring cleaning projects which shouldn’t be forgotten as you clear out closets and cobwebs. Giving some attention to these areas of your home could help turn potential buyers into serious ones.

Just as it is important to change the batteries on your smoke detectors, it is also important to change the filters and vacuum around coils within your air conditioning system, furnace and heat pumps. Spring is a great time to do this, after the bulk of living cooped up inside has passed; filters are bound to be dirty, and dust is bound to have accumulated. Cleaning your air or heat system will also make for a more energy efficient home.

ceiling-fan-558988_640Speaking of vacuuming, a good spring clean includes getting down and dirty under the furniture and into corners, floor to ceiling. Vacuuming the bed mattresses and couch cushions will also freshen up your furniture, making rooms more inviting to potential buyers. The same applies to scrubbing floor boards, crown molding and chair rails, as well as dusting off ceiling fans, chandeliers, and light fixtures. These accent features are easily forgotten in everyday cleaning, but a must in making a good impression for showings.

Another area to pay special attention to are those places where smells can linger. From the refrigerator to the bathroom, to the laundry and bedroom, lingering odors can put off potential buyers, too. Once you have cleaned out your fridge, and the laundry pile is under control, fresh boxes of baking soda discretely placed in the back of your refrigerator or near your washer and dryer can help absorb odors, too.

dining-room-2046765_640The return of spring is also the return of light, and as a seller, you should take full advantage of this as much as possible. If you can, as you spring clean, keep the windows open, take down and wash curtains, and thoroughly dust blinds. During showings, let in as much light as possible in by keeping window coverings open. If you have a screen door at any of your home’s entry points, you can also keep your door open as you clean, which can help create a fresh breeze through your home, cleaning the air from the inside out.

A good, deep spring cleaning can help you prepare to sell your home and keep it in top viewing condition. When you are ready to sell your property, you want a Realtor® who is passionate about helping their clients. My team and I are ready to help you from start to finish. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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