Spring Cleaning to Sell your Home

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SPRINGCLEANINGTO SELLYOUR HOMEThe Andy Esbenshade TeamYouve probably become numb to the appearance of your floors, but for people considering buying your home, the floors couldnt be more important. For hardwood floors, cleaning is a multi-step process, and each time you go over the floor, you get through another level of dirt. F L O O R S &C A R P E T SWALLS, CROWN MOLDING, AND BASEBOARDSEspecially if you have small children, your walls may have been shown a lot of love while youve lived in the house. First, of course, patch up any holes or nicks in the walls. Then, gently wash your walls with soap, water, and a cloth to remove any stains and dust. For crown molding and baseboards, you can use paint sponges to get into the nooks, crannies, and corners that host lots of dust. If the damage is really serious, consider having a professional repaint the rooms in the worst shape. You may have been able to ignore some leaks and faulty faucets, but prospective home buyers may not. When youre cleaning, make sure that you repair all the leaks, shine all the steel, and de-gunk all the drains. One sneaky little place that might be the source of some mold and odor is the undersides of the plastic flaps in your kitchen sink. Take a toothbrush to scrub away all the refuse thats caked up on the insides and undersides of your garbage disposal. S I N K S A N D F A U C E T SHANDLES, HINGES, AND LOCKSLittle is more important to families looking to buy a home than the security of where theyre living. Go through your house room by room and ensure that all the hinges are well- lubricated, all the handles are generally clean and functional, and the locks are all in perfect working order. CURB APPEAL If your mailbox is weather-worn and your siding is caked in dirt from storms long past, you could lose the interest of drivers who would have otherwise stopped to take a look at your house. Once the weather gets warmer, make sure you take care to plant flowers, power- wash your exterior, repair any broken fence posts, and seal up cracks in your driveway.Before you start, make a plan All the cleaning and necessary work can be overwhelming to the point of near paralysis. Once you decide what needs to be done and how long each task will take, take an hour or two to plan out when youll handle the work. HAPPYSPRINGCLEANING!The Andy Esbenshade Team