4 Commonly Forgotten Areas to Clean Before You Sell Your Home

by Alex ThatcherJuly 11, 2018

A Clean Home Attracts More Buyers

First impressions always have significant impacts on real estate sales. After all, the dirtier the home, the less appealing it will be to shoppers. People just can’t see beyond the clutter or dirt and they don’t even want to think about what it will take to get the home spic-and-span again before they move in and make it their own.

But even in clean homes, there are certain areas that most sellers forget to attend to. And even though the rest of the home is clean, these areas can also leave a negative imprint on the shopper’s mind. Therefore, if you really want to position your home at the top of buyers’ short lists, then you will want to make sure you don’t forget to clean these four important, but commonly forgotten, areas in your home.

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Trim, Baseboards, and Door Frames

These three parts of the home are categorized as one because they all fit under the “trim” umbrella. The problem with these areas is that they often get missed by the seller because their attention is consumed by making sure the parts of the rooms that are at eye-level are clean and staged to sell.

A smart buyer, however, knows that the state of a home’s baseboards is the truest example of how the owner lives their life. If the baseboards are clean, then the house is regularly cleaned to the finest detail. If the baseboards are dirty, then chances are good the owner doesn’t thoroughly clean their home.

The same applies to the trim, door surfaces, and frames. These areas collect dust like nobody’s business, so wiping a finger along them will tell the buyer a lot about the owner’s cleaning habits.

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Under Toilets, Sinks, and Counters

As mentioned in the last section, most sellers focus on cleaning everything at eye-level because they don’t expect shoppers to look so closely at their homes. They think that if the rooms are well put together, that the shopper will be pleased with the home’s looks.

But, buyers who are thorough will look under the toilets, sinks, and counters, and these can be some very dirty spaces. When putting your home on the market, the cleanliness of these “hidden” areas makes a strong mental impact on the shopper.

The HVAC System

A home’s HVAC system is one of its most expensive components. For this reason, a smart buyer will look at a home’s heating and cooling system to determine whether it has been well-maintained and cleaned often. The last thing a buyer wants to do is buy a home with a failing HVAC system because replacing it will cost them thousands of dollars.

Before putting your home on the market, have the HVAC system and the ductwork inspected and cleaned. Have the technician place a service sticker on the unit so shoppers can see that it has been recently serviced, too.

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Making Sure to Clean the Attic

Not all home shoppers will ask to see the attic, but many will. Some will want to see if the space can be turned into a living space, whereas others will want to use it as storage. Others may want to check it just to see if the insulation is in good shape and to look for signs of leaks or insect or rodent infestations. Therefore, you want to make sure the attic space is tidy and as clean as you can get it.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.