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Cleaning Secrets when Selling

By February 9, 2016September 20th, 2018No Comments

Cleaning is one of the easiest, inexpensive ways to make a great impression in a house. It’s the little things that can make a huge difference. When we have been living in our houses we tend to overlook or no longer see the little things. Although you might think “oh that’s small, who will notice” you’d be surprised what stands out.

Cleaning secrets that will impress any discriminating buyer:


Floors get a lot of wear and tear. My advice is if you cannot clean it to look almost new, then replace it. Along with your floors, look at your baseboards, make sure they are not marred or dusty. Using a microfiber rag that is damp to clean will be a good start, consider using a magic eraser sponge too. Touch up scuffs or repaint if needed so everything look fresh and clean.


The bathroom is one of the more “important” rooms that can make or break a sale. Everything in the bathroom should be spic and span clean. The surfaces should sparkle. Spend a little money by purchasing new white towels and shower curtain. The white relays “clean” to a buyer.  If you have a family that will turn your whites into browns, keep a set of “show” towels set aside just for that. Purchasing these is a small investment that equals a huge impact.


Cleaning closets. What is behind doors, needs to be cleaned up, because buyers are curious. Before you list your property edit out the clothes you have not worn for over the year, then if you need more space, remove what you haven’t worn in six months. Next arrange by “style”- all shirts, all skirts, all pants, and then sort those by color grouping like colors together. Why? It reduces the visual clutter and makes closets look large. Buyers love big closets. I also suggest in the process of editing to get everything off the floor in a closet except shoes. Again, it makes the closets appear larger, and buyers like that.


Cleaning a kitchen is similar to bathrooms. They are considered one of the most “important” rooms buyers will pick one house over another. Therefore make sure yours is spotless. Similar to closets, buyers will be opening cabinets, drawers, and your refrigerator so those need to be organized and clean too. Every few days wipe the shelves down in your fridge, throw out food that is left over, and make sure the interior is fresh smelling. Adding fresh flowers to a counter is also a beautiful added touch that will impress for a small cost.


Cleaning your house is the first step to getting it ready to sell. Marketing a property in today’s technology-oriented world. Realize a picture speaks a thousand words. Today 95% of buyers are looking online for their next home, the little things can make a huge impact. Spending a little extra attention to the cleaning will obtain positive outcomes.

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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