Time For Fall Clean-Up!

Posted in General Blog | 19/10/2012

Windsor Real Estate Agents

Windsor Real Estate Agents

It seems like we literally just provided our spring clean up tips and now here we are discussing fall. If your home is on the market, or you are considering selling it in the near future, we have some excellent fall clean-up tips to ensure that your home looks fresh and spotless for those prospective buyers looking to buy a home now.  With the kids safely back in school, shorter days and the cold weather now well on its way, chances are, you are spending more and more time indoors.  By taking a couple of weekends and concentrating on a good thorough cleaning, buyers will take serious note.  This is guaranteed.

Clean Walls

Dust, rinse, and wash your walls, particularly fingerprints on doors.

Clean Light Fixtures

Ever notice that when you walk up to a home, the outside light fixtures are filthy?  What about those ceiling fans?  Buyers will always switch fans on to see if they work, and it’s never a good sight to watch dust fly off.

Vacuum Furniture

If you did this chore last spring, it’s time to do it again.  Deep clean if necessary.

Wipe Kitchen Cupboards

Empty, wash and replace liners (if needed).  This is also a good time to get rid of any extra clutter in your cabinets to show buyers that you have ample storage space.

Dust Off Refrigerator Condenser Coil

This can be done simply by using your vacuum’s brush attachment and gently vacuuming it.

Clean Carpets

Have them professionally cleaned if needed.

Clean Closets

Now is the time to clean, declutter, throw away or donate items that you no longer need.  Again, buyers like to see lots of storage space.  Make your closets look roomy by storing all of your summer clothes in suitcases and placing them out of sight.

Test Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors

They say to do this twice a year: spring and fall.  If you haven’t already, make sure that these are up and running correctly and replace all batteries.

Replace Furnace Filter

Ideally, these should be replaced every three months or so.

Chimney Inspection

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure your chimney is inspected if it hasn’t been in some time.

Clean Attic/Basement

While buyers don’t spend any time normally in attic, make sure that yours is cleaned out and sealed for the winter.  In other words, last thing you want are any creatures making a home in this room for the winter.

Of course, the inside of a home isn’t the only thing that needs a good fall cleaning.  Don’t forget the outside as well.  Remember, this is the first thing a buyer will notice, if anything is wrong with the outside of your home, their imagination runs free and they often think that the inside has issues as well.

Check Weather Stripping

Make sure the caulking around windows and doors are repaired and replaced if needed.

Gutters

This is a big one.  Because leaves are falling, buyers often look at gutters this time of the year to see if they are cleaned. If they don’t, home inspectors surely will.  Make sure the downspouts are cleaned out as well.

Patio Furniture

Wipe down and store away if necessary. If you don’t have enough room in your garage, then consider renting a storage facility.  Remember, buyers want to see lots of storage space, so if the furniture takes up too much space in your garage, buyers will notice.

Drain and store garden hoses

There is no use for garden items to be out, so make sure all summer tools and accessories are stored away.

Rake, Rake and Rake

If your home tends to be the house in the neighbourhood where all the leaves congregate, then it is necessary to make sure your yard is free of too many leaves.  Not only is it a safety issue, but also it doesn’t give buyers a good opportunity to see your landscaping.

By following the above steps, you have just increased the value of your home. How?  As Windsor Real Estate Agents, take our word for it. Not only do buyers take note, but you will the appraiser and home inspector when they arrive.  People just take note of clean, organized homes.  Just recently a HomeGain.com study revealed that a hands on decluttering and housecleaning could increase your home value up to $2000.  So we can’t recommend these steps enough to increase the value of your home and make it the jewel in the neighbourhood.

 

 

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