One of the biggest challenges of selling is keeping your home showing-ready, especially if you have children or pets. Keeping ahead of the cleaning game can ensure that you are not rushing to tidy up when you have a showing scheduled.
Clear The Clutter
The biggest barrier to keeping a clean house during the selling process is often the clutter. A home that is clean can still look messy if you have piles of unopened mail, children’s toys, and other items scattered around. The more clutter you can clear away regularly, the easier it will be when you have a showing.
Be sure to sort and put away mail as soon as you bring it into the house. The same goes for any other stacks of paperwork or to-do items that tend to pile up. A daily run-through of your home to pick up things that haven’t yet been put away will save you time and make your house look cleaner. It’s also a good idea to get a few boxes and pack away items you don’t really need to have out; reduce the number of toys for your kids and put away things that don’t need to be out on your desk or dresser.
Take Fifteen Minutes A Day
Fifteen minutes a day spent cleaning up small messes can prevent hours of cleaning before a showing. Try choosing one space in your home to clean every day, such as a bathroom, a bedroom, or the kitchen floor. Rotate those areas each day.
Every day, take a few minutes to wipe down high-dirt areas, such as counter tops, sinks, and the entrances to your home. The time spent on it doesn’t need to be much, but will add up to a lot less work overall.
Clean Less-Used Rooms And Close The Door
Rooms you don’t use frequently, such as a guest bedroom, formal dining room, or sunroom, can be kept clean easily by making them off-limits during the selling process. By cleaning and then closing the door, you can prevent clutter from spreading into those rooms and ensure you don’t have to worry about them when there is a showing. Even if you don’t have a true door, let your family know you’re not using that space for the moment.
Having fewer rooms to clean will cut your pre-showing cleaning time and keep one more thing off of your to-do list. That way you can focus your attention on the most-used rooms in your house.
Keeping a clean house on a busy schedule can be a challenge. Make that challenge more manageable by breaking it down into smaller parts and staying ahead of the game.
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