Many people detail their cars before selling them, but how many of us thoroughly clean out our homes? This simple yet highly effective tactic will help your property sell quicker and for more money, giving you a fantastic return on your investment. This guide will take you through the exact step-by-step process of cleaning, decluttering and detailing your home before having it listed on the market.

Why Bother Cleaning?

It is a well-known and tradition for people to clean their homes before having company over. When selling your home, you must apply the same concept. The only difference is that when selling your home your “visitors” are going to be there for the property and not you. When potential buyers visit your home at an open house or private viewing, you need to make sure they have the best first impression possible. In a suburban-style area like Scarborough, Ontario, many properties look similar to each other which makes it especially hard to stand out. By making sure your home is spotless and decluttered, you will have the upper hand over any other competing property.

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Hiring Someone

Cleaning out a home is a time-consuming task that requires lots of supplies and determination. For those who can afford it, we always recommend hiring a local cleaning service to do the dirty work for you. Hiring a company will typically cost you a few hundred dollars depending on the amount of work that is needed. The benefit of hiring a professional is that they will do the job much faster and with more precision than most homeowners are capable of doing themselves. In Scarborough, our recommendation is to either use an expensive corporate cleaning service such as Merry Maids or if you are on a budget, you can hire an independent cleaner on a local classified site such as Kijiji.

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Making Space

Before you start the cleaning process, it is vital that you first declutter the property as much as you possibly can. By removing the majority of the items from your home, you create more space and remove your unique personality from your property. Removing your essence from your home may seem like a negative, but in reality, it is a huge plus. The goal of decluttering is to make your home feel like a fresh slate that allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home comfortably.

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The easiest way to get rid of items in your home is to throw them out, give them away or sell them in a garage sale. If there are items that you cannot separate from such as sentimental items, it is always better to store them in a storage locker instead of having them take up valuable space in your home. The storage service we recommend in Scarborough is All Canadian Self Storage, located in the Manse Valley neighborhood.

Cleaning Checklist

Once you have your home wholly decluttered, it is time to have it cleaned and detailed. The goal of this “deep clean” is to make your home feel fresh, inviting and hygienic to anyone that views it. You or your hired cleaning service can use the following checklist to know precisely what needs to be done;

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  • Wash all windows
  • Clean all furniture
  • Clean all mirrors
  • Make restrooms spotless
  • Clear kitchen countertops
  • Remove all dust
  • Mop floors and wash carpets
  • Remove any spider webs or bugs
  • Organize closets
  • Install air fresheners
  • Clean all lighting
  • Replace anything broken
  • Polish all furniture
  • Wash all rugs and mats
  • Empty all trash receptacles