As I prepare to list and sell my house, I am reminded of all of the things my clients have to do to get their house on the market. Looking at it from a hands-on experience, it really gives you a different perspective on all the work that goes into the process, and really makes me wish I stayed on top of my spring cleaning more. This has inspired me to take another look at my “Spring Cleaning Checklist”, and makes me realize, had I stayed on top of these a little better over the years, I wouldn’t have as much scrambling and clutter to go through now that the time has come to sell.
Store Seasonal Clothing – This one is not as relevant for selling my home, but definitely nice to have a seasonal closet full of clothes you actually wear on the regular. When warmer spring weather arrives, you can efficiently stow away sweaters, coats, and other cold weather clothing. Storing seasonal clothing is easy to do, just make sure that the storage containers and areas are clean, cool, dark, and dry will keep clothing in good shape for next winter.
Clutter Control - This has never been more relevant. Going through the attic, garage, storage, I keep finding things we haven’t used in YEARS! Sometimes I have to wait until my husband isn’t looking so I can get rid of the things he “wants to keep” but I know he would never notice missing. Old paperwork is a huge clutter area for me. Going through my attic, I am finding boxes of old documents I haven’t needed in ages. Good thing Windermere is having their annual “Get Your Shred On” Event soon! Here is also a great resource for getting rid of old computers, electronics, etc.
Patios and Outdoor Areas – Spring is a great time to get the outdoors ready for entertaining. Clean the patio and outdoor furniture. Do some basic landscaping repairs on the lawn, shrubbery, and plants. The exterior doors and windows of the home may need some attention. Check for fence and exterior repairs. Lawn maintenance or pest prevention may need to be performed as well. Don’t forget that outdoor cleaning projects are great to involve the whole family. With a little effort this spring, outdoor areas will be ready to entertain throughout the summer. Keeping up on these yearly can save you a TON of time and hassle down the road if you ever need/decide to sell. Not just that, but it makes sitting outside much more enjoyable in the spring and summer time!
Window Treatments – Again, never been more relevant. Whether you need to wash blinds, send drapes to the dry cleaners, or throw washable curtains into the washing machine, getting your window treatments clean after a long winter can brighten an entire room. Make sure sure to dust down the window casing, wash window sills, and clean any window hardware while you are at it. This will make your entire room will feel brighter and fresher, and the more you keep up on it, the easier it is to clean each time!
Ceiling Fans – We’ve all seen those gross, dusty ceiling fans, right? Constant and yearly upkeep on your ceiling fan saves you headaches down the road! Take a few minutes to spring clean the ceiling fans in your home. An entire season of dust and buildup will need to be cleaned away before we can enjoy these fans.
Outdoor Grills – This is less about prepping my home for sale (we are taking our BBQ with us), and more about that first spring get-together, when you invite all your friends over and realize…. ”I haven’t cleaned the grill since last summer!!?” Don’t wait until it’s too late and your guests are asking what “secret spice” you used on the steaks! Get out there and scrub that baby down… You, your food, and your guests will thank you for it!
This list is just a few of the things I try to do during my yearly spring cleaning, but these in particular are some that, over the years, have slipped through the cracks. Therefore, now that I am getting ready to sell my home, the perfectionist in me is keeping me up at night making sure everything in my home is spotless! Fact of the day? Regular upkeep around your home, with yearly ‘spring cleaning’ (doesn’t have to be just you – make it a family event!) can save copious amounts of hard work down the road.