“Out Shine” The Competition

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There are five houses on your street for sale, all with the same number of bedrooms and baths, and priced about the same. What can you do to make your home stand out from your neighbors? The answer is to have the cleanest home on the block. Selling a home is like dating. There are a lot of choices out there. You have to look good, smell good and present yourself in a good light, or there won’t be a second date.Interested buyers will be spending a lot of time in your home, checking out all the surfaces, nooks and crannies. A dusty home can be a real turn-off for a potential buyer who starts sneezing after entering the foyer. To prepare for this, all you need to do is clean, clean, clean.

Here are some specific ideas from members of Florida Realtors® to get your home ready for a white-glove inspection:

+Top it off — Most cleaning takes place in locations that can be seen, but don’t forget that dust tends to collect on top surfaces. That means cleaning pictures, paintings, mirrors, medicine cabinets, intercoms, chair rails, moldings, wall units, breakfronts, bookcases, refrigerators, air returns, headboards, storage units, closet shelves, pantry shelves, doors, window ledges, wooden valances, grillwork, chair rungs, fixtures, backsplashes, exhaust-fan hoods, fan blades and books.

+Less is more — Start packing for your move when you list your home for sale. That means you’ll have less to keep clean while your home is being shown. This makes cleaning easier, and makes your place look more like a “model home.”

+Make a checklist — Make a list of the 10 things that must be cleaned before Realtors arrive with potential buyers. Keep your list handy in an inconspicuous place so you’ll always be ready for guests. Here are some suggestions for your cleaning list:

-Sweep the porch
-File the mail
-Sweep or wash the foyer floor
-Clean and shine the sinks
-Make the beds
-Clean and polish kitchen appliances
-Pick up books, afghans and pillows
-Remove dishes from the sink
-Put newspapers in the recycling bin
-Keep magazines neatly arranged in a magazine rack
-Take care of any pet dishes, toys, litter boxes or messes.

Thanks you to floridarealtors.org for the attached article.

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