Mark Galante's Blog
Home cleaning might not exactly bring feelings of warm excitement; you might get a headache at the mention of the word. But this dreaded activity may add a few hundred dollars to the value of your home when you sell it. The other good news is that there are ways you can achieve brilliant results without expending as much time or energy as you think.
Have a cleaning plan
There is a saying that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your current home cleaning routine may not be as effective because you approach the task without a clear plan. It doesn’t take much to create one, just a pen and a pad, or an iPad.
Do a thorough examination of your house inside-out, top to bottom and note down every little area that needs cleaning. From the grease-stained garage floor to the dust-coated bathroom window sills, jot it all down. After this, note down cleaning tasks that will effectively deal with the filth, grouping those that you might do in a single go. Arrange them into a sequence that will help you avoid doing double work.
Get the right tools
Next, note down which cleaning products and tools you need for each task and check if you have them ready. If not, or if you estimate that the remaining quantity won't suffice, create a shopping list of cleaning agents and instruments. For the best cleaning results, don't fall into the temptation of using a substitute product for a task just because it's available. Use the right tools and products for their designated function.
If you’ve lived where you are for a couple of decades, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of clutter. The trikes your kids learned to ride on, old baseball bats and gloves, broken toys, those trousers you no longer fit in; these items and more lie stashed in the corners of wardrobes and garages in most family homes. Spare a weekend to go through your house from attic to basement collecting all the junk you no longer use. If some of it is still in good condition, arrange a garage sale or pawn it off. The extra cash can help finance your relocation. Toss the remainder of the clutter in the trash.
Keeping your home clean as a daily habit will save you a lot of time and money when cleaning it when it’s time to sell. You won’t have to deal with stubborn mold or mildew in your bathroom, for instance, if you get into the habit of rinsing off your bathtub every time after use and keeping faucets and handles dry.Get cracking on your cleaning plan now if you intend to move house soon.
Moving day is an exciting day but it’s also a lot of work and can even be a little stressful. Everything is boxed up and feels near impossible to find when you need it. Avoid scrambling through boxes to find a trash bag or paper towels.
Be prepared on moving day no matter what comes your way with a cleanup toolkit on hand.
Messes happen even on moving day. By packing a special box that is clearly labeled with these items inside you’ll be ready for anything.
Have ziplock bags on hand to wrangle up loose screws and other bits and bobs. Use a marker to write on the bag what the contents belong to. Trash bags are for the obvious: trash. No matter how much you clean out and clean up you will find you have some sort of trash on moving day. Have at least one ready and waiting.
Dustpan and brush
For messes left behind by the previous owners and any spills that may happen. Dust items before putting them away on shelves or hanging back up on walls. Wipe down windows and mirrors. Run a dusting cloth over shelves and banisters. And always have a few paper towels at the ready - just in case.
Because the bathroom will be the first to be used so have the essentials in place. Let’s be honest, these are not the things you want to dig to the bottom of a box for. Pull these out and set up the bathroom as soon as you first step into the new house.
Not necessities, but certainly nice-to-haves. Wipe down counters, doorknobs and switch plates with a disinfectant wipe. Air fresheners take care of any funky smells left behind from previous owners or from sitting vacant for a while.
Having a cleaning kit on hand and at the ready allows you to clean up as you go. You don’t want to start cleaning up after you’ve unpacked and put everything away. Do it beforehand for an easy, seamless moving experience.
Tackles messes as they come up, proactively clean as you start moving items in and avoid digging through boxes to find disinfectant wipes or a trash bag. Clearly label your box in large print and/or color code it with a bright colored packing tape. This way you’ll know exactly which box has your supplies and where it is at all times.
Make your new house your home by freshening it up before unpacking. It will feel so good to have a clean organized home from day one.