With the official start of spring this month, home sale prices are on the rise, so it’s a great time to enter the seller’s market. Now that you’ve prepared yourself with our February recommendations, put the final touches on your home with some serious spring cleaning! Homes that are organized, de-cluttered, and spotless from top to bottom always sell faster because they create an ideal vision of the home that a potential buyer can imagine living in. Who doesn’t want to own a perfectly put-together home? Transform your property into a gleaming showcase with these spring cleaning tips:
1. CLEAR OFF COUNTER CLUTTER WITH BEAUTIFUL BASKETS
Mail, newspapers, and random documents can easily accumulate on counters and tables, and take up too much space on shelves. If you don’t have time to sit down and sort through it all before your first open house, disguise the piles in beautiful, space-saving baskets. Baskets—which come in all designs and sizes—will fit neatly on shelves, in closets, and under furniture, giving your home an instant pick-me-up and won’t distract potential buyers from the space.
2. REMOVE PERSONAL ITEMS FROM COMMON AREAS
As homeowners, our properties reflect our personalities and values. However, when a potential buyer sees your property, they want to be able to imagine the space with their stamp on it. If you have a collection of family photographs displayed on your staircase or in your hallway, it’s best to remove them while your home is for sale. The same recommendation goes for large political signage and religious symbols—don’t give your potential buyers a reason to not feel at home when they walk in.
3. SAY GOODBYE TO WINTER’S DUST BUNNIES
When the weather outside is unbearably cold, everyone spends more time indoors. Inevitably, more dirt and germs build up inside your home during the winter months, so dispel the dust bunnies with a thorough vacuuming and wipe-down of each room in your home. Baseboards are particularly susceptible to grime over time, so revitalize them with a damp sponge and a water/vinegar solution.
For additional tips and how-to suggestions, we recommend checking out Martha Stewart’s room-by-room checklist.