Cleaning Tips to Help Sell Your Home Fast

Everyone wants to sell their home fast. While there is a lot that can help sell your home quickly, like having it priced right and being in a great location, having a pristine home for showings can go a long way. Having a clean home keeps potential buyers from thinking about all of the work that may need to be done and allows them to envision¬†themselves in your home. Here are a few places we’d recommend cleaning that are often forgotten about.

Clean Grout

You clean your floor and shower regularly so why do you need to clean the grout? Well, it’s probably dirtier than you think. Grout is often quickly wiped over and not scrubbed which can lead to build up over time. Plus, cleaning your grout isn’t too difficult. A few options for cleaning grout:

  • Spray with 50-50 water and vinegar. Let the solution sit for 5+ minutes. Tough areas may require scrubbing before wiping away the solution.
  • Spray hot water on the grout, then sprinkle baking soda over the water. Allow the solution to sit for 10+ minutes before scrubbing and cleaning up residue.
  • More cleaning tips here.

Clean the Blinds

We use blinds regularly to block out the sun, but for a showing you want rooms to be well lit which means your blinds will likely be open. With the sun shining in the windows, it will highlight all of the dust that may be sitting on your blinds. At a minimum take a dusting cloth or dryer sheet and quickly wipe down the blinds. If you have time, check out this video for a deeper cleaning method.

Clean the Fridge Handle

How many times a day do you open the fridge? Probably more than you think. The fridge handle, especially if it’s white, is likely discolored and you don’t even notice. It might be from the food you had on your hands while opening the fridge or simply everyday grime that turns the handles yellow. If you’re limited on time, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a quick solution. If you have more time, try making a paste with baking soda and vinegar and allow it to sit, just like you would with the tile grout. This guide actually combines the two methods if you feel like your handle will require a lot of work. Bonus tip: Take a look at any white doors you may touch often too, it’s likely they have a little discoloration to them just like your fridge handle.

These three places are often overlooked when you do the everyday cleaning, which is why we think they are important to tackle before trying to sell your house. Where else do you think is important to clean before selling your home?

About the Author

Jen is a guest blogger from Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers. Valley Brokers is a real estate company in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon. Contact us today if you’re buying or selling in the Mid Willamette Valley area.¬†