Believe me when I tell you that I had buyers walk out off the house within in 5 minutes because it was not clean. On the contrary, I had buyers put in an offer because the home was neat and clean. Some buyers can look past of an unkempt homes, however if you are targeting first time home buyers, families with children folks who want to upgrade or downsize, a clean house is a must.
Preparing to sell your home can be really stressful. Everyone knows that it entails a lot of work. Once you made the decision to put your home up for sale, your home needs to look its best, there is a lot of cleaning, re-organizing, and decorating must be done. When it comes to cleaning, you may typically buy products packed with chemicals which may be harmful to you and to the environment.
I have cleaned my house for years with vinegar and water, it’s cheap and let us not forget that there are healthy and earth-friendly options you can use to clean and deodorize your home. What’s more amazing is that you can find the ingredients for these natural cleaners in your very kitchen. Check out the top 3 natural cleaning tips below and try to use them next time you need to tackle your home cleaning task.
- Use vinegar and water to clean most areas of your home
Mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean sinks, countertops, toilets, tiles, and stove. Since vinegar is acidic, be careful not to use too much of it and don’t use it on marble surfaces. The water-vinegar mixture is effective in getting rid of grime and dirt in the mentioned areas. You need not worry about its smell since it will go away after it dries. Moreover, vinegar acts as a deodorizer so it also gets rid of unwanted smells in your bathroom and kitchen.
- Use lemon to get rid of stains and clean copper, brass, and wood
This may sound like a salad dressing, but if you mix 1 cup olive oil and ½ cup lemon juice together, you already have an effective and all natural polish for your wood furniture. Use it to keep areas clean and shiny. Lemon can also be used to clean copper and brass. To get rid of stains and clean surfaces, cut a lemon in half and sprinkle a bit of baking soda. Scrub the cut lemon on stains and dishes. It can also act as a deodorizer. To keep foul smells out of your garbage pail, cut a lemon in half and put it inside. Put lemon juice and water in a microwave safe bowl and turn the microwave on for one minute, you will notice it will be much easier to clean the inside.
3. Use baking soda to deodorize and clean surfaces
Keeping a box of baking soda in the refrigerator is effective in absorbing foul smells. Use this to deodorize shoes, socks, and other bad smelling laundry. Mix ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda into ½ gallon of water and you have an all-purpose cleaner. Use this mixture to clean water deposit stains on the shower, mirrors, bathroom, windows and other surfaces.
It is important that whenever you are trying a natural cleaner for the first time, try it on hidden surfaces first. You will want to know if it will have unwanted effects like discoloration or an odd smell. Although these home cleaners have been tried and tested by others, it is better to go on the safe side.
Cleaning your home is one of the most important preparations you need to make to ensure that your home attracts more buyers once it’s listed for sale. Do not be intimidated by the task and keep in mind that everything you need may already be in you very kitchen. By choosing to use natural home cleaners, you can take care of your home and be easy on the environment.
If you are thinking about putting your home in Lakeland up for sale, I would be happy to come out and take a look and discuss your options, consult with you on what needs to be done, provide you a comprehensive comparable market analysis and my marketing plan. Please give Petra Norris a call at (863) 619-6918 to set up an appointment at no obligation.