Cleaning your home can be quite challenging and that is why you need a smart checklist from start to finish. Knowing that Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms are top priority especially for selling, I recommend you start cleaning the following.

The Kitchen

  • Remove everything on a top surface, clean and sanitize.
  • Clean all appliances inside and out and make them shine like new.
  • Sinks must be cleaned, sanitized and shine.
  • Clean and polish all kitchen furniture including legs on table and chairs.
  • Clean and polish faucets, knobs, and hardware - make them shine like new.
  • Hand-wipe and clean windowsills and baseboards.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs and clean lights and ceiling fans.
  • Floors must be cleaned to look and smell fresh and new.
  • Remove cobwebs - Inspect all walls, windows, corners, and crevices.
  • Clean cabinets inside and out.
  • Remove expired food products.
  • Make pantry shelves look like grocery store shelves.
  • Clean doors, blinds, drawers, and shelves; remove stains and odors.
  • Clean windows inside and out, including windowsills.
  • Mop, dust, spot clean, touch-up, and clean blinds.
  • Remove and pack away excess dishes and kitchen appliances.
  • Clean doors, doorknobs and light plates.

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The Bedrooms

  • Remove all unnecessary bedroom furniture.
  • Remove cobwebs, dust, and vacuum every inch of the rooms.
  • Dust and clean picture frames - best to remove personal photos.
  • Dust and clean mirrors and all bedroom furniture.
  • Clean ceiling fan; replace light bulbs.
  • Clean windowsills and windows.
  • Dust lampshades.
  • Clean doors; polish or replace hardware.
  • Empty closets and vacuum floors; clean shelves, rods.
  • Pack and remove at least 3/4 of your clothes and shoes.
  • Change light bulb.
  • Clean sheets and bedding.
  • Vacuum or mop every inch of flooring in bedrooms, Master Baths, closets.
  • Clean or replace window treatments.
  • Pack and remove nick knacks and valuables.
  • Clean baseboards - paint or touch-up walls and/or baseboards.
  • Clean doors, doorknobs and light plates.

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The Bathrooms

  • Clean and sanitize toilets completely.
  • Clean and sanitize tubs, showers, soap dishes, towel bars, and sink.
  • Clean vanities and faucets - make them shine like new.
  • Clean inside and outside all cabinets and drawers.
  • Remove stains.
  • Remove cobwebs.
  • Clean baseboards.
  • Organize linen cabinets and remove excess linen.
  • Discard old medicine, shampoo, toothbrushes and cosmetic products.
  • Clean out medicine cabinet completely.
  • Replace light bulbs and old light fixtures.
  • Clean mirrors and windows.
  • Clean and sanitize floors.
  • Clean baseboard; touch-up paint where needed.
  • Clean doors, doorknobs and light plates.

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If you can do all this and keep it clean, then you are probably on your way to selling very quickly. These tips can also help increase home value.

If you need more information on this regard, I’d be happy to help you with my professional thoughts. Let’s connect today!


Sean Blanchette
(703) 371-5710


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