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9 Cleaning Tips Before you Sell

Katherine Barnett, Broker

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Jun 11 5 minutes read

Moving out? Cleaning is an important part of that process!

From ceiling fans to baseboards there is so much to clean when you’re moving out. We want to help make the process as easy as possible, so we made a checklist of everything you should keep in mind while cleaning. 

Just one less thing you need to keep track of!

1. Remove Nails and Cover up Holes / Painting Touch ups

This is an important first step.  Making repairs, patching holes and touching up paint can go a long way in preparing your home to sell.  

If you're not sure what needs to go - we can help.  One of the first steps when we prepare to list a home is to have a professional stager come to the house and discuss with you what changes or repairs are worth doing.  

2. Kitchen

Odds are, your kitchen is already where you spend a lot of time cleaning, but now's the time to get all those often overlooked spots as well:

  • appliances – 
    • clean inside of your refrigerator
    • clean top and the magnetic seals around the door
    • wipe down handles and remove any magnets
    • Front of all appliances
    • clean inside the oven and microwave
  • clean range hood and vent
  • Be sure to move and get behind those appliances
  • scrub front of cabinets and handles
  • thoroughly clean sink, including drain, faucet (a toothbrush works great!) , wipe down all the caulking and grout
  • clean out old stuff from under sink and use an air freshener to keep it fresh
  • get those lights, switches and outlet covers

3. Bathrooms 

  • Scrub showers and tubs with cleaning solution
  • wash shower curtain and liner
  • dust exhaust fans and covers
  • clean grout and caulking thoroughly
  • shower head - there are lots of products to remove hard water stains and any other build up that may be on your shower head, but vinegar, baking soda and dish soap can also work wonders
  • remove old storage under sink and clean under sink

4. Bedrooms

Keeping the space sparkling from listing to sale is critically important in getting top dollar for your home.  Be sure to keep cabinets, bookshelves and tables dust free !

  • dust bookshelves and desks
  • dust lampshades and ceiling fans
  • clean headboards and supports
  • wipe front of dressers
  • clean window tracks 

5. Sweep, mop, and vacuum floors and wipe baseboards

Granted, we know you're already doing this one, but now may be the time to get into the back of closets and wipe down baseboards that have been overlooked.  Remove and clean all your furnace vent covers and a good mop of basement floors too, even in unfinished spaces

Especially if you recently completed renovations, patched drywall or have little ones or pets, make sure you remove those memories from the floors ! 

With the warmer weather - why not take all your vent covers outside to hose them down?

6. Remove stains from Carpets and Furniture

That old stain you've lived with from an unknown source?  It's time to get it handled.  

There are lots of pro tips online for this one, be sure that buyers won't be distracted from all the great features of your home by stains missed !

7. Wash and Dust curtains and Blinds

  • If possible, have curtains cleaned - otherwise, be sure they are dust free
  • Be sure to include curtain rods and attachments
  • Wash the windows including wiping down the window sills

8. Laundry Room

time to clean out the space we use to clean !

  • clean out laundry vent
  • run cleaning cycle on machines
  • vacuum behind laundry machines
  • wipe down cabinet doors and inside shelves

9. Outside and Mechanical

Don't forget outside your home.  Not just a pop of colour with some flowers, but time for the real clean up!

  • rinse air conditioner, a hose will wash out the unit with no problems
  • replace furnace filter, 
  • wipe down furnace, 
  • hose down outside furniture, 
  • spray and clean areas of your home's siding that may have built up stains
  • wash and sweep porch and rail
  • hose down or pressure wash your driveway


Preparing your home for sale and getting top dollar requires that you remove a lot of personal objects - This is one of the big reasons we include staging for all our listings.  Check out more info on the staging and listing process here:  


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