Clean Homes Show Better - Five Areas To Scrub to Make Yours Sparkle

So, here's a question for you. Would you rather walk into a clean home or a dirty one? No, it's not a trick question but it is an important one. You see, when it comes to selling a home, many people forget how important the answer to that question really is. Sellers get busy looking for their new house, preparing the kids for a move, packing up their belongings, getting organized for their new life and relocation so much that sometimes their home that's for ale doesn't get the TLC that's needed to push it to the top of the buyers' must-have list.

It's not until the home sits on the market for long periods that sellers realize something has to change.

Toilets. It may seem like this goes without saying but I'm sure any real estate agent you ask will have a horror story about toilets. Whether they're leaking, continuously running, stained, or simply stinky, they pose a major deterrent. If you've got an older toilet, give it good inspection and be sure to check under the lid. Buyers sometimes use your toilet when they're looking at your home and nothing is worse than seeing rust stains and other unsightly marks.

Tile. When you're showing your house, hopefully, you'll get lots of foot traffic. This, however, can lead to very dirty flooring and grout. Yes, you can supply those footies and the sign placed by the door asking buyers to remove their shoes or put the footies on before entering your home, but, the truth is, not all will comply. Still, the tile and the condition of the grout will matter to buyers should they decide to make an offer. There are certainly many products to get the dirt out of those tiny grout lines; one that I've had success with is called Heavy Duty Acidic Cleaner for tile. Use a brush to really scrub those dirty lines; doing so will make the tile standout and not look like it needs re-grouting.

Closets, Cabinets, Computer areas. Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Sellers need to de-clutter closets, hang shirts all facing the same way, and even alphabetize the spice cabinet. Wow! Love it! I realize you may feel you don't have time for all that. Still, the point is, don't have junk stuffed inside closets and cabinets.