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It’s Time to Start the Purge

Posted by Fidelity National Title Idaho on Mar 5, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Spring Cleaning

Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a horror film! As the weather warms up, it’s time to tackle your spring cleaning checklist — but after nearly a year at home, “purge” might be a better description. We’ve compiled a handy list that you can reference as you work your way through these annual chores.

We’ve also added bonus projects that offer the best cost vs. value return on your investment. If you’re hoping to list your home soon, these tasks will boost your curb appeal and even add thousands to your asking price. Check out Remodeling’s regional breakdown of most valuable home improvements for even more ideas.

All Rooms

check Wipe down baseboards, window sills, doors, walls

check Vacuum and wipe down vents

check Wash window treatments and dust blinds

check Dust light fixtures and lamp shades

check Wash windows inside and out

check Dust and shine overhead lights

check Replace burnt-out light bulbs

check Store all winter items, including clothes and any leftover holiday decorations

check Dust curtain rods

Bonus: Upgrade or install ceiling fans. Fans are among the most-requested home features, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey.

 

Laundry Room

check Clean washing machine

check Clean lint trap

check Clean dryer vent

Bonus: If you don’t have a dedicated laundry room, you might want to think about creating one — 91 percent of buyers say it’s a must.

 

Bedroom

check Wash bedding, including throw pillows

check Flip or rotate mattress

check Vacuum under bed and throw out anything you find that you don’t need

Bonus: Add a walk-in closet or install an organization system to attract first- and second-time home buyers.

 

Living Room

check Dust/polish furniture

check Wash slipcovers

check Wash throw pillows

check Clean ceiling fans

check Sanitize remote controls

check Shampoo rugs or carpets

check Vacuum sofa and chairs

Bonus: If you have an oversize living room, consider partitioning some of it to create a dedicated home office, one of the top trends of the past year.

 

Kitchen

check Clean out pantry and wipe down shelves

check Wash outside of kitchen cabinets

check Deep clean the oven

check Vacuum and mop behind fridge and vacuum coils

check Deep clean fridge inside and out

check Toss out expired food

check Defrost freezer

check Degrease backsplash

check Dust range hood

check Clean microwave inside and out

check Wash dish rags/sponges

Bonus: A walk-in pantry is a must-have, especially during a pandemic that has curtailed restaurants visits. In fact, it’s the no. 1 most requested feature in a recent homebuyers survey.

 

Appliances

check Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

check Check all electronics and make sure they’re in working order

check Organize plugs and cords

check Check expiration date on fire extinguisher (or buy one if you don’t own one)

check Wipe down computers

Bonus: Energy efficient appliances are a big selling point for home buyers, so if you’re in need of a new dishwasher, for example, you can expect to get a solid return on your investment.

 

Outside

check Sweep front porch and back deck

check Clean door

check Clean doormats

Bonus: Time to upgrade that patio and rebuild those retaining walls! Manufactured stone veneer is one of the best investments you can make in our region, and outdoor spaces have become especially valuable during the pandemic.

 

Bathroom

check Clean tub/shower

check Wash bathmats

check Clean mirrors/vanity

check Wash shower liners and curtains

check Clean toilet

check Clean showerhead

check Scrub tile grout

Bonus: Time to break up with your tiny tilework. Homeowners are shunning them for larger tiles that are much easier to clean.

 

Garage

check Declutter tools

check Donate unused sporting equipment

check Air out space

check Clean garage door and frame

check Replace batteries for garage door

Bonus: Replace your garage door for a boost in curb appeal and recoup 96.1 percent of your investment. Or add or upgrade storage space to reduce clutter — 85 percent of homebuyers love this feature.

If you’re looking for even more checklists and ways to get inspired, check out Breakthrough Broker. It’s your go-to for everything from marketing templates to social media tips. We’re happy to help you get started — just call your sales rep and we’ll give you a walkthrough.

 

Tags: Spring Cleaning, Curb Appeal

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