Selling Your Home? 14 Areas You Don't Want to Forget to Clean.

When selling your home clean, clean, clean is the condition your home should be in.  Or when doing your spring cleaning, Kathy Streib with Room Service! Home Staging provides us with a great list of commonly missed or forgotten places and spaces. Put this list with your bucket of cleaning supplies and you'll be sure to get the whole house sparkling clean. Thanks for the Great List Kathy!

Selling Your Home? 14 Areas You Don’t Want to Forget to Clean!

If you have plans to sell your house, chances are high on your list ofselling your house? projects is to make sure your house is clean. You no doubt were told this by
your real estate agent as well.

However, besides scrubbing your floors and cleaning windows and bathrooms and kitchen sinks, there are areas that you might miss.

Potential buyers may miss these areas but don’t count on it.  In fact, you don’t have to wait until you’re selling your house to tackle these areas!


Don’t forget to clean these 14 areas:

*Behind and on top of the refrigerator


*Light bulbs and  lampshades- hopefully these will be turned on when your home is being shown.  So, make sure these are clean

*Outdoor mats- or purchase new ones.  This is one of the first things a buyer will see. You want it to say “Welcome” and not “I’m old and dirty.”

clean your oven*The cords behind the television and other electronics. It only takes a few minutes to run down each cord with a dust cloth, but you’d be surprised at what a difference it will make.

*Inside the oven and microwave- Buyers will open these! Don’t forget the burners.

*Ceiling fan blades- nothing worse than looking up and seeing a colony of dust bunnies.


*Air vents- break out the vacuum for this task!

*Inside your dishwasher- Many will often open and look in this just as they will the oven and microwave.

*Door frames and doors- So many hands touch these daily.  Get  Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and clean the smudges.

*Light switch plates- You can use the same Magic Eraser or if need be, replace it with a clean your ventsnew one.  

*Behind and under furniture- Just because it isn’t seen doesn’t mean that it isn’t noticed.

*Window sills-You’re always told to make your windows sparkle but don’t forget the window sills.

*Kitchen sink drains- no one is looking in it, but what’s in it could be sending a not so nice signal to your buyers. Use baking soda and vinegar, then hot water or ice cubes and coarse salt.

*Sliders- clean thresholds.  Those little tracks collect so much gunk and dirt.  But your buyers will be heading out them to take a look at your pool area.  Make sure these are thoroughly cleaned.

Don’t forget to clean these hidden areas before you put your house on the market!   Let the buyers know that their next home has been well cared for!


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBobbie Smith • January 29 2015 05:04AM


Hi Bobbie,

OMG..I didn't see this one and it's a great post! I'm on way over to comment on Kathy's post! Thank you!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 5 years ago

good re-blog, so important to make your home as buyer friendly as possible, plus get rid of those smells.

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Thanks for the re blog, as I missed the original.  Great tips to share with our sellers.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 5 years ago

Bobbie: This is an excellent re-blog choice. Kathy is spot-on with her list of places to ensure get cleaned.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 5 years ago

I just left a comment on her post a few minute's ago.  Great choice...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Dorie, Glad you caught it here and headed on over. It is a great post for sure.

Hi David, Kathy did put together a great list.

Hi Richard, It was one of those that I felt my clients could really use and glad you caught it too.

Hi Anita, She is. I agree and it reminded me of those places that I always seem to miss.  Gee. I wonder if I continue to miss them on purpose - HAHA

I'm so glad you did James. Thanks.


Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 5 years ago

What a great list not only for every seller, but for every homeowner!

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 5 years ago