Selling your home is a major life event—not only because of the move but also because of all the hard work that needs to be done to prepare your home for potential buyers. Cleanliness is a major selling point, and it’s the best way to get a higher price. But you need to do more than just clean out the clutter and hit the windows with some Windex. Deep cleaning will be needed, particularly in these four specific parts of your home.
Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
One of the first things potential buyers will notice when they walk into your home is the ceiling fan or ceiling lights. These fixtures are notorious for collecting dust and for not being cleaned on a regular basis, due to the fact that they are a little hard to reach.
When a buyer sees a thick layer of dust collecting on top of the ceiling fan blades or on the ceiling lights, it makes her immediately think that this homeowner has not taken very good care of his home. If the fans are this filthy and the lights are filled with dead bugs, then what kind of condition is the rest of the home going to be in? That’s what goes through buyers’ minds when they see dirty ceiling fixtures. So showing them immaculate lights and fans is one of the best ways to make a good first impression.
Polish or Replace Faucets and Hardware
Another way to impress a buyer is to have shiny new or like-new hardware in the kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchen cabinet knobs should be clean and shiny. This gets noticed. The faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms are even more noticeable. Many home sellers have noted that installing new faucets is one of the best investments you can make to add value to your home. So if you can’t polish out that sink faucet, consider replacing it.
Deep Clean the Bathrooms
When someone buys a home, one of the first things they remodel is the bathroom. This is because it’s very hard to buy an old home that has a nice, clean bathroom. If you want to impress a buyer but can’t afford to remodel, then deep cleaning the bathrooms is one of the best things you can do to secure a high asking price.
So polish up all the hardware—including the faucets, drains and plugs—and scrub everything from top to bottom. You want that bathroom to look spotless. If a drain is severely clogged or has oil damage, you may want to contact a plumbing company like Young Plumbing Corporation for help.
Behind the Fridge and Stove
Like ceiling fans, the refrigerator and oven range can also be difficult to keep clean. That’s why you must make extra efforts to deep clean not only these appliances themselves, ut the areas around and behind them. Pull the fridge and stove out from their counter spaces and clean the areas around them. You may need a good degreaser to get those areas clean.
When selling your home, one of the best ways to get a higher price is by focusing on hard-to-clean areas like the bathroom, ceiling fixtures and the spaces behind the fridge and stove. Beyond that, make sure that all metallic hardware like cabinet doors, handles and water faucets looks shiny and new. Cleaning these areas can make a good first impression on any buyer.