Cleaning 101 Before Listing Your Home

Before you put your home up for sale, you should make sure it’s clean and looking it’s best for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn’t appealing and deters buyers from making offers. You’ll be lucky to even get a low-ball offer if your home isn’t looking it’s best.  Don’t worry, though. 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 food (for humans and pets) out of sight


+ Clean behind toilet and under sink
+ DECLUTTER…only display absolute necessities
+ 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 (again…they will look for size)
+ 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, we highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition. Feel free to contact me at for a local recommendation.

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