Spring cleaning: it’s probably not a phrase that fills you with excitement, but what if we told you that we’ve got house cleaning tips that could actually improve the value of your property? Why not take the opportunity to give your home a mini-makeover and add to its value in the process!
You’ve probably read the odd article on spring cleaning tips, or how to clean a house, or how to increase property value. Take a look at our value-boosting spring cleaning list for all of the above in one place.
1. Do a deep clean
Most of us manage a general tidy-up once a week or so, but there are a million little nooks and crannies that go unseen and rarely get cleaned. When is the last time you cleaned the inside of your oven or vacuumed behind the bookshelf or couch? Spring cleaning is a good chance to get into those hidden corners most of us ignore during those quick clean-ups. Remember that if you decide to sell, prospective buyers will be opening every cupboard and looking in every corner, so this is a good opportunity to help keep up the overall presentation of your home – making it easier for you to prepare for a sale and secure the best price when the time comes.
2. Apply a fresh coat of paint
There’s nothing like a fresh lick of paint to make your home look modern, fresh, and appealing to buyers. Since you’re already moving things around to do a deep clean, take the opportunity to touch up the paintwork or even go for a whole new coat. Don’t forget that the outside walls are one of the first things a potential buyer will see of your home, so it’s a good idea to thoroughly wash or repaint external surfaces as well.
3. Scrub and seal grout
While you might not notice the odd stain or spot in between your tiling and splashbacks, potential buyers will. Give your grout a good, detailed scrub to bring it back to its original whiteness, or regrout and reseal it entirely if it’s starting to discolour permanently or wear away. In some cases, fresh grout is almost on par with a kitchen or bathroom renovation in terms of appeal to buyers.
4. Get your carpets or floorboards professionally cleaned
Unless they’re looking for a fixer-upper, most home buyers want a home with new or good-as-new flooring. Adding professional floor cleaning to your annual spring clean will help you keep your flooring in tip-top condition year-round, making the final preparation before selling an easier and less expensive process.
5. Spruce up the garden
The power of curb appeal can’t be underestimated when it comes to selling your home at the best price, so use your spring clean as a chance to give your garden a little more love than just mowing the lawn. Think new planter beds or giving the driveway a power wash.
6. Fix the little things
You know that wobbly doorknob or loose tap fitting that keeps falling off? Now is the time to get to work doing those small repairs that you’ve been putting off. While they may not have a major impact on your living situation, keeping the little things in working order demonstrates the sort of care and attention that potential buyers want to see, and may pay more money for.
7. Paint the front door
The front door is one of the first things people see when they walk up to your home, and as they say, first impressions count. In the practice of feng shui, having a striking front door is also good luck and can help attract the type of positive energy you need to sell your home for the highest price. So pick a bold shade and get painting!
8. Get rid of junk
That broken stool gathering dust in the kitchen or old lawnmower out the back may just be part of the scenery in your eyes, but clutter can be a turn-off for prospective buyers, so it’s time to ditch the junk. Have a close look around the house for things that are broken or rarely used, and donate or recycle them if possible. If not, throw them out.
9. Make your home smell nice
Prospective buyers will use all their senses when deciding if a property is right for them, and introducing lovely smells will create positive associations with your home (and potentially drive up how much it sells for). Start by opening up the windows and doors to give your home a good dose of fresh spring air, then light some scented candles around the house or pop some vanilla essence into a heatproof bowl with some water on a low heat and let the sweet fragrance permeate your house.
10. Be inspired by Marie Kondo: Queen of organised homes
Japanese queen of clean Marie Kondo has made a name for herself by turning home organisation into an art form. So if you’re lacking the motivation to get your spring cleaning session underway, try the Kondo way: rather than cleaning room by room, focus on different types of belongings in stages, organising small items like clothing and books first and then moving on to bigger projects.
11. Invest in a professional house cleaning service
When all else fails and your house cleaning schedule has fallen by the wayside, it could be time to outsource your spring cleaning to the pros. Spending the money on a full spring clean now could yield a higher price tag if you decide to sell, so it’s worth it in the long run.
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