It’s no secret that the real estate market is still hot as ever, with no signs of slowing down. Properties are selling so quickly left and right that they’re listed for less than a week.
You’d think that COVID-19 may have strained the real estate market, but according to Zillow, the year-over-year home price growth rate is expected to peak at 21.6% in May and close at 17.3%. While other data of the exact figures of the price growth percentage are not the same across industry leaders, one thing is for sure: home price growth is expected to increase this year.
So if you’re finally ready to let go of your home, 2022 may be the best time with interest rates rising. Of course, you’ll need to get several prospects interested in buying first. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the house you’re trying to sell.
And to do that, it needs to be clean and orderly. So make sure it’s spotless and uncluttered before showing it to any prospective buyer. You’ll see that a tidy home will sell faster on the market. Here’s how to clean your home, so it sells faster.
1. Organize and declutter
Remember, potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves in the house you’re trying to sell. This means all of the spaces of your home need to be free from any personal items, including photographs and physical mementos
These things are important only to you and could be considered trash to others. Tidy up any clutter and store it in a place that won’t be seen – in your car or a corner of the garage, for example.
2. Wash those windows
Dirty windows are the bane of every homeowner, so they can quickly turn off prospective buyers. Wash and wipe down your windows inside and out to ensure they bring as much natural light into your home as possible.
Mix half a gallon of warm water with 2 to 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of any rinsing agent like Rinse Aid or Liquid Jet (white vinegar works, too) to remove those pesky marks and streaks on your glass panes.
3. Cultivate the landscape
If you have a home that’s lucky enough to allow for an open space like a front yard or a backyard, it’s important to highlight these outdoor features. Maintaining your flower beds and shrubs and mowing the lawn can instantly clean up your home’s exterior.
Minor renovations for your landscape, such as planting a variety of local foliage or adding a new pathway, can give your home’s facade a new breath of life it may desperately need.
4. Scrub your kitchen and bath
Start by wiping and cleaning your cupboards inside and out. If some stains are too stubborn or too old, consider a fresh coat of paint to rejuvenate them. For countertops and backsplash tiles, deep clean them and the grout in between them, so they look good as new.
The kitchen needs to be spotless as this space is dedicated to food preparation, thus hygienic. Check the plumbing for any damage and eliminate any critters that have made it home base. Repolishing or replacing fixtures like the showerhead and the bidet for the bathroom is a big deal for prospective buyers. But also be on the lookout for mold, grime, and deep clean every corner.
5. Deodorize your home
You can’t just mask the smell of mold or rot with perfume or incense because there will still be an underlying funk. You’ll need to deep clean areas that are exposed to constant moisture. For carpets, you can neutralize any odors by sprinkling baking soda all over them and vacuuming them up. You can also use baking soda to clean your fridge, oven, and stovetops while neutralizing any underlying odors.
Even if you’re pressed for time, these quick and easy steps will leave your home spotless. While the real estate market is still enjoying its boom, it’s best to take advantage and get your home listed and viewed as soon as your real estate agent gives the go signal. Follow these tips, and you’ll see how fast your home sells when given a makeover — no matter how minor.