With more sunny and warm days setting in, we bring you our best spring cleaning tips for 2018!
Based on market research, spring has always been the best time of the year to sell a house fast. This season tend to be less busy with minimal holidays and vacations. It is also the season of rejuvenation and starting over and starting fresh!
Warmer temperatures also mean that more potential home buyers will be out and about shopping for their next house. During the spring season, properties have the best chance to be showcased in its best condition with minimal extreme weather impacting its curb appeal.
In addition, many families are looking to settle into their new home before the start of the next academic school year. This ensures that they will be able to move during summer break and their children can become accustomed to the new location before the beginning of the next school year.
If you are thinking about selling, now is the time to get the home ready!
Start anywhere. Wherever you want to start with doesn’t really matter; how you clean up the place is the most important. Personally I would start with the windows or the kitchen. Others would prefer starting with the more packed places like the closets.
Doormats should be welcoming, as they will be the first thing to greet you and your visitors before entering the home. Unfortunately, they’re also the first thing to collect dirt! Give all of your mats a good shake and a washing, or replace them with new ones that are big, bright and complimentary of the home’s exterior colors.
Winter can bring in a lot of dirt, sludge and dust over the course of the cold season, and your carpets, upholsteries and other fabrics are most likely filled with a lot of grime from wet boots and more. To freshen up your home, consider having your carpets and upholsteries cleaned by a professional.
If you plan on doing the deep cleaning yourself, make sure the treatment doesn’t discolor the fabrics or cause dyes to run. Test a small unnoticeable patch first.
Having the carpet, couches and curtains/fabrics cleaned can do wonders for the overall look and feel of your home. Give them a good cleaning to see how much more the room brightens up.
Cabinets, walls, doors and other wood furniture in your home have the tendency to be overlooked during cleaning. By simply giving them a wipe coupled with some wood polishers, they’ll look brand new again! Make sure that after you’re done wiping them down that you use a dry clean cloth to help them dry without spotting.
Walls don’t necessarily scream dirt when you look at them, but you will be surprised at the amount of dirt and dust you can find on them. Walls are evenly coated with dirt, which is why it is hard to notice a dirty wall. Use a sponge and dishwashing detergent. A sponge mop makes it easier to reach higher spots. Gently scrub the walls evenly as you move from one end to another.
Don’t forget the doors and other wooden furniture.
Don’t overlook ceilings, light fixtures, chandeliers, lamps, and ceiling fans. They definitely need to have cleaning and dusting to maintain their usefulness throughout the years. Use an extended duster to wipe them down and replace old bulbs to make the room bright again.
Refrigerators are one of the most used appliances in your household, so you’ll want to make sure that you take good care of it. One important part of the refrigerator that needs to be checked and cleansed is the condenser coils, which can be found at the back of the fridge. Use a long-handled brush or vacuum cleaner hose to remove dirt and clean out the area beneath it as well.
Remove dust and dirt from air-conditioner vents using a cloth or even a vacuum cleaner with a soft nozzle attachment.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, you’ll have a variety of options for cleaning including waxing, vacuuming, cleaning detergents and more. Just like having clean mats and carpets, cleaning your other surfaces will be just as important.
Floors are the most hardworking part of your home as they absorb most of the dirt, dust, bangs and scratches all year round. A lot of wooden and tile surfaces show off dirt and grime more easily, so make sure to give them their own spring cleaning at least once a month.
An occasional makeover of the floors will make it look brand new. Wax or apply a sealer following label directions. One of the simplest methods of doing this is by using a combination of wash-and-wax floor cleaner. Be sure to have shoes that have good grip if the wet surface is slippery.
Before you start vacuuming, make sure you cover any delicate items in the room. Move the furniture and other big objects on one side so that you can create room and clean comfortably. Putting on some music and dancing while vacuuming is not a bad ideaJ.
Continue creating space as you move to other rooms in the house to do the vacuuming. After you are done, return the furniture back to its original place. Or, why not have some fun and re-arrange the furniture all together to see what new looks you can create?
Bathroom and kitchen tiles should be cleaned with a cleaner that has “neutral pH” on the label. Mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons of water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. This will leave the tiles looking bright and clean.
These spring cleaning tips will give you a nice, clean home while making your décor and appliances last much longer.
Such spring cleaning tips can also boost your chances of selling a house quickly. A clean and orderly staged home is one sure way of selling a house quickly.