• Heather

Cleaning 101 Before Listing

Before you put your home up for sale, you'll want to ensure it's clean for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn't appealing, and you won't get a good offer, if you get one at all, if your home isn't in tip-top shape. Cleaning your home doesn't have to be overwhelming, below I’ve listed the top things to remember to clean for each room.


+ Clean the door and hardware.

+ Wipe off all fingerprints on windows/furniture.

+ Clean off scuff marks on floors and door.

+ Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working.

+ Tidy/clean up the coat closet. People WILL look in there to see the size.


+ Wipe down all cabinets.

+ Clean all appliances, inside and out.

+ Clean stove hood, on top and bottom.

+ Clean behind the refrigerator, on top and bottom too.

+ Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatter.

+ Clean the space behind the sink.

+ Wipe down blinds/shades.

+ Wash any kitchen rugs, clean the floors and baseboards.

+ Store all of your pet food/food out of sight.


+ Clean behind toilet and under sink.

+ Only display absolute necessities, declutter.

+ Organize and clean under the vanity.

+ Scrub floors and clean grout lines.

+ Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor.

+ Be sure to lock away any medication.

+ Clean the fan and make sure it's functioning.

+ Replace any dead lightbulbs.


+ Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets.

+ Clean the curtains and rugs.

+ Dust furniture.

+ Remove any obvious stains from fabrics.

+ Keep closets clean and organized.

+ Store away dirty clothes and personal photos.

+ Clean marks on walls.

These are just the basics you don't want to forget about. If it's within your budget, I highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition.


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