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Clean, Declutter & Clean Again: The Value Of A Sparkling Home

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Clean, Declutter & Clean Again: The Value Of A Sparkling Home

Not many of us look forward to the cleaning and decluttering that is a vital step in preparing our homes for home inspections.

But the reality is that cleaning your house is integral to the marketing of your property.

A clean house is essential for creating a good first impression among buyers, as it’s much easier for a buyer to imagine themselves existing in the space when they are presented with a blank canvas rather than a space that already looks like someone else’s home.

A clean house also shows a level of respect that you have for the property, which implies that it has a high value and should be appreciated.

When it comes to preparing your home for inspection, it pays to be attentive to details.


If you’ve been living in your house for a while, you may have grown accustomed to some of the grimy areas or messiness, so that you don’t notice it anymore.

However, buyers will always look for reasons why not to purchase it more closely. The details in the property may seem insignificant, but it can make or break a purchase.

Because you may already be accustomed to the look and feel of your home it is helpful to create a cleaning and decluttering checklist to follow when it is time to create a sparkling home.

Here are some steps you can follow to ensure your house is perfect upon inspection.

When in doubt, you don’t need it

De-cluttering is not easy. We form attachment to the objects that live around us and can find it difficult to sort through them and figure out what can stay and what needs to go.

A good principle to follow is if you are unsure of if you should keep the object, you probably don’t need it.


The best approach is to go room by room, sorting through cupboards, wardrobes and draws, and combing through storage areas. If the item isn’t proudly on display, or hasn’t been used in the last 6 months, it’s probably not needed. You don’t need to throw things in the bin either. Consider donating old clothing, furniture, or ornaments to second-hand shops. There is also no shame in regifting!

Check the viability of the cleaning products you are using

Once it’s time to clean, make sure you get your hands on some suitable cleaning products. Note which surfaces you’ll be cleaning and use the appropriate chemicals accordingly. You need to be careful not to create any bleach marks or stains on your surfaces as this clearly decreases the appeal of your property. Go ahead and choose some planet friendly cleaners while you’re at it and minimise using the harsh stuff where possible.

Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens

They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell a house. Make sure yours are both sparkling- remove mould and mildew in the bathroom and clean deep into the cupboards and drawers of the kitchen. Don’t forget to clean your appliances too! Wipe down the oven and microwave and remove any old produce from the fridge.

Don’t forget about the garden!

Making a good first impression is a top priority when having a home inspection. The outside of your house is just as important as the look and feel of the inside! Having a well-kept garden adds character to a house and makes it feel more like a home. You don’t have to go crazy with the landscaping, just make sure the house looks well-loved and enticing. Consider mowing the lawn, doing some light weeding or hedge trimming, and arranging some lawn chairs or pot plants around, to brighten up the place.

Although cleaning and decluttering can feel like a huge job, if you break it down into steps it becomes quite achievable and will be very satisfying.

Put yourself in the buyers’ shoes, how would you want to see a property you’re considering buying? Do a thorough job to make sure you have the best shot at getting top dollar.