If you’re preparing to sell your home, there are a few things that you can do to increase interest from buyers. You’ll want to have your home inspected, decide whether you’ll sell it yourself or use a realtor, and make your home ready to show to potential buyers. One of the best ways to do that is by giving the home a thorough cleaning. Follow the tips below get your home into tiptop shape.

Get Rid of Clutter

Before you start cleaning or staging your home, get rid of as much clutter as possible. Removing clutter serves several purposes. First, it makes the home look larger. Buyers will appreciate the open space. Getting rid of clutter will also allow buyers to appreciate the space for it’s architecture and design rather than focusing on knickknacks and personal possessions.

You’ll need to find a place to store these belongings until you’re ready to move out of your home. If you have a friend or family member nearby, it could be beneficial to ask them if they would let you keep a few boxes at their home until you move. For those that have a lot of larger possessions to store, a self storage container can be a great solution. Look for self storage options near your home and keep unessential furniture and boxes of other items out of sight until you’re done showing your home.

Remove Signs of Pets

Some people love having animals in the home while others prefer not to have pets at all. To be safe, it’s best to remove signs of your pets before having potential buyers look at your home. This includes keeping the actual pets out of the home during open houses, as well as being sure to remove pet hair and toys from the house. Removing signs of pets will make the home look and smell cleaner and will be advantageous for those that are allergic to animals. For tips, check out this article from Better Homes & Gardens.

Clean the Walls and Floors

While a home may appear to be clean, the walls and floors are often the areas that will hold on to dirt, stains, and smells. To be sure that your home is as clean as possible, pay special attention to these areas. For home with carpeted floors, the carpet should be shampooed to remove debris. Wooden floors are often easier to clean, but stains and damage may need to be addressed.

In many cases, wiping down walls can leave them looking great. However, some older homes will have scents that linger and those who smoke inside the home will notice a lasting scent as well. The best way to take care of these smells and any stains that may be on the walls is to use a high quality primer. After using the blocking primer, a neutral color can be painted on the wall.

Use a Checklist

The best way to get your home clean from top to bottom is to use a list. There are many good cleaning checklists available online, including a spring cleaning checklist from Martha Stewart that will leave your home spotless. Going through a list, item by item, will help to ensure that you won’t forget any area of the home.

After you’re finished removing clutter and deep cleaning your home, schedule an open house. You’ll be proud to have buyers touring your home and may find that a clean house will quickly become a sold house.