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Tips on Cleaning Your Home Before Selling It

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A clean house is a joy to live in. And if you’re planning on selling your home, it can be your best means to attract potential buyers fast. The best part about cleaning is that it doesn’t have to make a big dent in your wallet.

If you want to know the best way to make your home spic and span in time for its entry into the La Cañada real estate market, here are some tips:

Depersonalize the home

Your prospective buyers should be able to picture themselves living in your home. Doing so might be difficult if you still have your graduation pictures on display. So, pack away any memorabilia, family photos, or collectibles that might be lying around the house and place them somewhere out of the buyer’s sight. You can opt to keep them in your garage or in a rented storage space near you.

Pay attention to the bathroom

The bathroom is among the first areas of a home that buyers want to look at in detail. Thus, major scrubbing and deep cleaning are required here. Make sure to leave your sinks, bathtubs, and showers as spotless as possible. Add scented candles or room fresheners to overpower the odor of cleaning agents you used.

If you have any mold and mildew problems, address these right away. Mold is known to cause health problems, and this could be a major deal-breaker for buyers.

If it’s broken, fix it

If you want to retain or up the ante on your home’s value, make sure to fix whatever needs fixing immediately before it becomes a major headache. Minor repairs or upgrades include restoring leaky faucets, replacing faulty door handles, and replacing broken tiles.

Bad odor be gone

Any unpleasant odor emanating from your home can immediately send potential buyers running towards the door. Once again, scented candles or a reed diffuser can do the trick. You can choose among cedar, pine, vanilla, or cinnamon for that distinct welcoming smell. Some may even go to the extent of baking pies or brewing coffee, simply for the wonderful homey scents they produce.

Clean the carpets

Most homebuyers prefer carpets over rugs for the latter’s ability to make a house look warmer, more inviting, and spacious. These can also reduce noise levels and improve your home’s indoor air quality, especially if clean. If you’re making it sale-ready, a wise option would be to hire a professional carpet cleaning service.

However, if you’re short on budget, regular vacuuming is the next best thing. The correct way to vacuum is by moving in long straight strokes. You can also rent carpet-cleaning equipment from your nearest hardware.

Wash down windows

Dirty windows instantly kill your home’s curb appeal. If you’re DIY-ing this, you can use baking soda, vinegar, and any scrubber. Don’t just clean the glass – make sure your window-cleaning extends to the sills, tracks, and corners.

For the wisest tips in selling your home in Pasadena and La Cañada, come to the local real estate agent who has been in the industry since 2004. That would be me, Kathy Seuylemezian. Get in touch with me today through email at Kathy(at)imuragent(dotted)com or call me at 818.949.5205.

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