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Year round Spring-cleaning tips

It is that time of year again, Spring-cleaning time!  Of course, it doesn’t have to be Spring in order to make sure your home is prepped for Open Houses.  Here are some suggestions for some easy ways to help make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

–  Taking care of stainless steel:  To keep your items smudge-free, use a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week to clean your stainless steel surfaces.  Be careful not to over-spray to prevent the surfaces from becoming greasy.  Additionally, NEVER use oils or any abrasive products to clean your stainless steel.

–  Organizing closets:  Few things worry potential buyers more than adequate storage space.  Organizing your closets and getting rid of unused clothing will aid in establishing a clutter-free appearance.

– Cleaning painted walls:  Keeping painted walls clean can help to ensure your home shows well and can often create the appearance of newly painted/well maintained surfaces.  Start by wiping surfaces with a clean cloth or sponge and water.  For more stubborn stains, products like Fantastik or Formula 409 should prove more than adequate.

–  Cleaning your carpet:  Assessing the cleanliness of the carpeting in a home is one of the  first things potential home buyers often do.  Dirty carpets will often prompt buyers to contemplate the cost of replacing flooring, which will negatively affect the perceived value of the home.  To keep carpets looking their best, try to vacuum daily.  Be sure to change filters in your vacuum periodically.  Lastly, for high-traffic areas, have a professional cleaning done semi-annually.

– Caring for tiles:  Following on the aforementioned tip for flooring, to adequately clean tiles, use a cleaner with a neutral pH on the label.  You can also use a mix of baking soda and water to create a homemade cleaner.  To create, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of water and mix very well.

These steps will help to keep your home looking new and will aid you in creating the best possible presentation during home showings to potential buyers.  It doesn’t just need to be Springtime to have your home in tip-top shape!




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