If you’re just putting your home up for sale, or you’ve had it on the market for a while, and it’s not quite as polished-looking as it once was, a thorough cleaning is essential. As you probably know, home buyers fall in love with sparkling clean, immaculate houses, and they’ll often pay more to buy them.
So, to help you get the most bang out of your spring cleaning, here’s a list of tools that will brighten up your property, inside and out.
Let’s start with the basics: Real Simple provides a house cleaning checklist that includes 20 simple items you need to keep your house looking great, from white vinegar and baking soda to an old tooth brush and an extendable duster. These are the staples of cleaning you can use in any room in your home.
For fun, I’ll list a few more, and you can tell me which of the following doesn’t belong on the list: A dust mop, all-purpose cleaner, a squeegee, basketballs. Leave me your answer in the comments section to show you know your cleaning supplies.
Pressure Washer: Now, this is not an everyday tool, but one that can polish up the outside of your property in a big hurry. A high pressure sprayer removes dirt, grime, mud, mold, moss and many other uglies from the outside of your home and the surfaces around it, such as concrete paths and driveways. It’s like a garden hose, but much stronger, and you can add a cleanser or use heated water to give your power wash added oomph.
This is not however a tool for the uninitiated. You may want to let the experts do it for you, because a powerful high pressure washer can actually strip flesh from bone. Just hire a professionally trained expert who knows what surfaces it’s safe to pressure wash and also the angle in which to spray — because you don’t want to be in the path of what the high pressure hose dislodges.
Electric Weed Zapper: One of benefits of springtime is that all your plants come to life. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when all your weeds come to life.. So what do you do when your beautiful flowering bushes and bulbs are interspersed with bristling, budding weeds? You might not want to spray the area with chemicals, because you like the idea of saving the environment and keeping a pure garden.
Using an electric weed zapper, you kill only the weeds of your choice, using heat energy to destroy them at their roots. I know you might be thinking, but what if it sets my garden on fire? According to weed zapper literature, it doesn’t get hot enough to catch yard material on fire or even overheat.
However, you still want to be careful with clothes and skin because it does heat up, which is why it works. To me, this is a perfect tool for taking your aggression out on those spiky weeds that cut your fingers and snag your pant legs. Yeah… take that! Zap!
The All Important Vacuum Cleaner: Over the winter, you may have kept your windows closed for months and spent much more time indoors. As a result, your air quality may suffer and your home may host all sorts of unwanted matter, including dust, dirt, hair, fur, dander and other allergens. This is why a vacuum is a must-have tool.
If you haven’t studied up on the best vacuum cleaners lately, you’ll be surprised to know the vacuum has evolved into very sophisticated machine. It’s not just a tube that sucks dust bunnies into a bag anymore. Now they offer features such as low noise canisters, so not to terrorize the cat, air-driven turbo brushes, and HEPA dustless technology to prevent allergies and asthma.
Also, these new vacuums can conquer any surface, from smooth floors and astroturf to deep pile carpets and volcanic mountains. Well, maybe not mountains — which is okay — because most people don’t have mountains indoors… unless they’ve kept their windows closed for a very long time. To study up on vacuum technology, I went to Zadoozy.com, which is an online store where you can read about and buy many types of vacuums, as well as other products that keep a home healthy and clean.
For hundreds of other ideas on how to sell your home faster, easier, and get the highest price, read Home Seller’s Blues and How To Beat Them. Available in paperback and Ebook formats through Amazon.com and at http://homesellersblues.com