cleaning

Simple Home Improvements that will help you clean up for whatever the occasion

It simply makes sense to clean up both the interior and exterior of your home before listing it for sale or before a big event-like a daughter’s back yard wedding. But that doesn’t mean you have to undertake major home renovation projects. With a little effort you can increase the perceived value and aesthetic of your home by a great margin.
Here are some simple things to keep in mind that you can do to increase the perceived value of your home and make the perfect first impression for your guests. You could call it Cleaning 101.

Exterior of Home

Keep lawns cut

Trim hedges and bushes

Weed and edge gardens

Clear driveway and clean stains

Clean out garage

Power wash home exterior

Touch up paint

Plant colorful flowers

 

At The Front Door

Clean porch and foyer

Ensure doorbell works

Repair any broken screens

Fresh paint or varnish front door

Repair any damages to the door and/or locks

 

Setting the Right Mood

Make sure your home smells fresh and clean

Turn on lights

Turn on air conditioner/heater

Open the drapes

Light the fireplace

 

Maximize Open Space

Clear halls and stairs of clutter

Clear kitchen counter and stove top

Clear closets of unnecessary items

Remove empty boxes and storage

Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs

 

Maintenance

Repair leaking taps and toilets

Clean furnace and filters

Tighten door knobs and latches

Repair cracked plaster

Apply fresh coat of paint or touch up where necessary

Clean and repair windows

Repair seals around tubs and basins

Replace defective light bulbs

Oil squeaking doors

Repair squeaking floor boards

 

Squeaky Clean

Clean and freshen bathrooms

Clean fridge and stove

Clean around heating vents

Clean washer and dryer

Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds

Eliminate pet odors and stains

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