This one is for those whose guests come by quite often. Even more, for those of you who are selling your home. If that is the case with you, you know how often a potential buyer pops in at a moment’s notice.
Now, your home may really be the best deal the buyer can get – but don’t you think that keeping your home in a show-ready state all the time sells your home faster and on better terms for you? Well, the answer is definitely yes, since we humans are visual beings.
The buyer probably won’t think about the transformation he or she is planning to your dirty home – they will rather think about the consequences your house suffered from your neglecting. So, yes, for your own good, do your best to keep your home looking best it can at least for the showing. We came up with some ideas to help you in this – but we also encourage you to do the “real thing” once in a while. Here are some tips, enjoy.
1. Feel the space
Many of cleaning problems come from not knowing where to start (well, the same applies for many other things besides the cleaning). Quite often you walk into the room, stare for a while, imagine the cleaning effort is done and your home is shiny – but then you come back to the reality and get discouraged. So, skip this phase and get to it, simply by using good organization. You can try to follow the “top to bottom” and “left to right” rule (or right to left, whatever suits you better), in each room of your house. So, start by dusting the ceiling fan, the top of the bookshelves and anything high up before moving on. Then, going from left to right – or right to left, will keep you on task and make the cleaning go faster.
Another important thing – don’t try to clean everything, you will simply lose the time and won’t get the best results. Instead, focus on the top eye-catcher places, such as floors, ovens, and bathroom. Look into the details of such areas. For example you have a luxurious best curved shower door that adds beauty to the shower room. Make sure that is kept spotless clean. The buyers will look for these, so try to get inside their heads and clean the places that will get noticed.
2. Mobile storage usage
Not all the things in your home necessarily improve the looks of it. In fact, there is a whole bunch of these things that do the opposite, and simply, get in the way. The more things you have in your rooms, the more stuff you end up cleaning, isn’t it? So, grab some plastic and cardboard boxes, maybe a laundry basket and put all the nonfunctional stuff inside of them just before the house viewing.
Use boxes of a different color or maybe mark them so you know where to return them later. You can put them in the garage, closet, whatever suits you best.
3. Faking good habits
To save yourself some time and definitely some nerves, try to at least fake the good habits. In case you developed some of those, well, we congratulate, but for those of you who didn’t – here are some tips on faking them (maybe you will even trick yourself!). Small steps throughout the day will save you so much time and keep the house clean all the time.
It may be boring at first, but when you feel the benefits of occasional “faking”, you may even try to master these habits. Simply pick up as you go through your living room, try to keep your toiletries under the sink and not on the counter, unload the dishwasher as soon as the drying cycle is done and prepare it for new loading right away. After some time, you will see it’s not that hard!
4. Master the illusion
Like we said, get inside the buyer’s head and clean the areas that are more likely to get noticed. Apparently, that usually means the kitchen and the bathroom. Make sure the countertops are free and clear of clutter, and clean. Refrigerator’s door and your floor should be sparkling and also make sure your shower and tub are clean and neat.
Remember, the buyers will look for these and since they might eat in your kitchen or wash in your bathroom one day. If you’ve got extra time, boost the look of your home by wiping down the fixtures and faucets, running a dry mop over the floors and dusting the window treatments.
5. Sparkling details
Now, the final touch! You’ve done good so far, and this last thing will make everything look even better. These little touches will make your home look clean and presentable. Throughout the home, create inviting sitting areas and intimate spaces. In the bedroom, make sure the bed is made evenly every day. The lumps and the wrinkles in the comforter can make the whole room look messy and it won’t take more than one minute to fix these. Next, we add some magic! In the master bedroom or the living room, put out a bottle of wine and a couple of wine glasses. In the kitchen, put a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers to the countertops in order to give a touch of
The lumps and the wrinkles in the comforter can make the whole room look messy and it won’t take more than one minute to fix these. Next, we add some magic! In the master bedroom or the living room, put out a bottle of wine and a couple of wine glasses. In the kitchen, put a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers to the countertops in order to give a touch of color and freshness. Feel free to improvise, make your own kind of magic, but just try not to head back to clutter territory by using too much “magic tricks”. You want it to look real, so keep these little touches on the level that looks natural enough, and they will create a charming scene that will make sure no one notices the spots you forgot to clean – or maybe even make them forget those!
That’s it for now from Cleaners near me – Helping, and remember, always be creative about cleaning (and just about anything else) and you won’t even feel like you are working. Good luck selling your house and finding the one from your dreams!