When you’re selling
your house, it’s a good idea to make sure that everything is clean. Think about the homes of friends and
family that you visit. Do you recognise any of these characters?
• Super-Clean-Queen: Makes you take your shoes off at the door, whips a coaster under
your glass like a ninja and has a duster practically glued to her hand.
• Lazy Student: Most things wait around six times longer than in other houses to
be cleaned, if at all – think bed linen, floors and bathrooms.
• Busy-Busy Person: what you can see is clean, but you get the distinct feeling that
what you can’t see definitely isn’t.
• Pet Lover: they just don’t notice the hair everywhere, the stinky food bowls,
the ghastly litter trays, the smells, the damage and the ‘presents’ on the lawn.
• New Parent: all the baby’s paraphernalia is sterilised to within an inch of
its life, but things above knee-level may be a bit suspect.
Just like we all have different
tastes in houses, in clothes and in music, we also have very different ideas as
to what ‘clean’ really means. There really are at least 50 Shades of Clean.
Usually that’s ok (unless you’re
making your guests ill of course) but when you’re selling your house you just
don’t know which of the characters above will be viewing your house next. They
might not be bothered by the dust on the mantelpiece, or they might be mortally
offended by it – you just don’t know.
So the only way to make sure that the
state of your house doesn’t put any buyers off is to shoot for the top: you’ve
got to be a Super-Clean-Queen – Or King.
It’s best to have a massive deep
clean once you’ve finished your de-cluttering, and then make sure you keep on
top of it with regular sessions throughout the marketing period.
Do get some help – from family,
friends or hire a cleaner. Just make sure they all know the Queen herself is
Five things that must be super-clean:
1. Kitchens – along with bathrooms, these are the most important rooms to
clean and you should expect to spend at least twice the amount of time cleaning
these rooms than any others. Stainless steel, chrome and taps must sparkle,
surfaces must gleam, hobs & ovens must show no signs of the food they have
2. Bathrooms – up there with kitchens, all bathrooms must be squeaky-clean. Get
rid of mould, mildew, limescale, hair, dust and soap scum. Bleach, scrub and
polish until everything sparkles.
3. Front door – get rid of all dirt, grime, leaves and cobwebs, then polish up
any brass or chrome door furniture. Beat the dust out of the doormats and sweep
4. Windows – it’s important to let maximum light into rooms and allow
unobscured views, so sparkly, smear-free windows are a must. Clean marks off
the frames too.
5. Floors – hard floors need to be buffed to a shine and carpets will always
look (and smell) better if they’ve been professionally cleaned.
A super-clean house will give you the
best chance of impressing buyers, so put some loud music on and get scrubbing.