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Cleaning Before Moving - Sell a Home - CB Prime Properties

After cleaning the home for potential buyers to view, you will need to clean it one last time before turning over the keys to the new homeowner. As a seller, you need to make the buyer feel confident about the purchase. One easy way is to hand them keys to a clean house. Here is a final cleaning guide for you from our real estate agents.

  1. Wipe the Walls
    Get a bucket, fill it with water, add a little soap and get a sizeable smooth sponge to scrub your walls. Dip the sponge in the soapy water, squeeze the sponge to leave it a little soggy, and use it to wipe the walls.

    Repeat the process when wiping the doors, window, window frame, sills, and baseboard. Wipe the walls from up downwards. You can buy an eraser cleaning supply to take out any scuffs.

  2. Dust the House
    After ensuring the walls, windows and doors are clean, dust the entire house. Use a microfiber cloth and dusting cleaner to dust around. You can get a cleaner ideal for different surfaces to make the dusting process easy.

    Spray the cleaner on the microfiber and dust instead of spraying it on the surface and wiping. Wiping onto surfaces directly might cause excessive dampness or leave stains, resulting in damage. Work from top to bottom so that the dust settles on the floor instead of on a clean surface.

  3. Touch up the Kitchen
    Although you had previously cleaned, deep clean the kitchen one more time to leave it spick and span. Begin by removing everything from the cabinets, appliances, and countertops. Wipe down the appliances, and use an antibacterial cleaner.

    Empty the fridge and wipe down its interior and exterior using soapy water and a sponge. Ensure you use a non-scratch cleaning pad to avoid damaging the finish. Finish off by disinfecting it.

    Scrub the dishwasher, remove its racks and clean them thoroughly. If the dishwasher has an odor, run it on an empty cycle with baking soda, lemon peels, or a cup of vinegar. Clean the stove and oven to get rid of food spills and baking messes which can be hard to scrub off due to heat. Remember to use a non-scratch sponge to avoid scratching the surfaces.

  4. Sweep the Floors
    Begin by sweeping hard surface floors first. Afterward, you can vacuum to remove the dirt that may have entered carpeted spaces when sweeping. Use the vacuum's hose to access any hard-to-access areas. Remove cobwebs using the extendable wand on ceilings. 

    After sweeping, mop the floors using a bucket, water, and appropriate cleaning supplies for floors. Only mop linoleum or tile floors. Wet-mopping laminate or hardwood floors may cause dampness and eventually rot.

  5. Finish Your Cleaning by Tackling the Bathroom
    Apply toilet bowl cleaner evenly around the interior of the toilet bowl and leave it for several minutes. You can handle other cleaning tasks as the cleaner dissolves stains. After a while, scrub down the bowl using a toilet brush and flush.

    Disinfect the bathtub and bathroom sinks by spraying antibacterial disinfectant. Wipe down the disinfectant from the sink to the exterior to avoid transferring bacteria. If possible, use disposable paper towels instead of microfiber cloths for sanitary reasons.

    Finish off by wiping the bathrooms' faucets, mirrors, and glass. Use a glass cleaner for streak-free results. Use a paper towel to wipe down the surfaces, and polish them using a microfiber cloth. Lastly, mop the bathroom floor using a disposable mop head. If you cannot find one, sanitize your mop once you're done.

Deep cleaning is often overwhelming and may seem like a massive undertaking. However, with the right tips, and the right supplies, you will hand over the keys to a sparkling clean home. Haven't found a new home yet? Choose one from our Albany homes for sale and contact us for viewing.

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