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    Cleaning Checklist for Listing Home

    cleaning a homeGetting a house ready to go on the market can feel overwhelming.

    Many sellers find themselves asking:

    What do I need to do to prepare my house for sale?

    Sometimes there are too many things to keep track of. That’s why it’s helpful to focus on a simplified cleaning checklist for listing a home. Here’s a look at a checklist you can use to manage the situation and get the job done without feeling overwhelmed.

    • Declutter: Start by getting rid of clutter. Bag up and store toys that aren’t being played with. Remove things from counters. In general, make your home feel like it’s full of wide-open spaces. You can donate or sell things that are creating clutter — a garage sale is always a good idea. You can also put items in storage if you want to hang onto them.
    • Depersonalize: You don’t want your home full of family photos, wall-hung degrees or anything else that’s overly personal. As you declutter, focus on removing these items.
    • Floors: Your flooring should sparkle, and your carpets should look freshly shampooed. Making sure your floors look great can help make a great first impression on prospective buyers.
    • Walls: Many sellers forget to clean their walls. If you have scuffs or nail holes, make sure they’re taken care of before your home goes on the market.
    • Windows/Mirrors: Clean windows make an incredible impression, and they also allow more natural light to stream into your home. Put in the elbow grease necessary to make your windows shine — and do mirrors with the same effort.
    • Counters/Surfaces: After you declutter your counters and surfaces, make sure they are clean enough to eat off of.
    • Bathrooms/Kitchen: These are the two areas that need significant deep cleaning. Bathrooms and the kitchen are the spaces buyers look at most closely, and they are opportunities to create connection and develop emotion. Make sure they are sparkling clean.
    • Appliances: Appliances should be cleaned inside and out. This includes your oven, your microwave, and even your washer and dryer. Everything should look as close to brand new as possible — even if it’s not conveying as part of the sale.
    • Basement/Garage/Porch/Yard: Everything in these spaces should look nice and tidy. Mow the lawn. Remove cobwebs from awnings. Blow the leaves out of your garage. These small tasks can make a big impact when selling your home.

    As always, CENTURY 21 Core Partners can provide expert guidance as you get your home ready for the open market. How clean does your house have to be to sell it? We’ll help you figure that out as we push toward selling your home as quickly as possible and at the best possible price.

    Contact us today about preparing a home for the open market in York, Pennsylvania.

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