Question: Do you know the single most important thing you can do when marketing your home?
Here's a hint: It doesn't have to cost a thing!!!
Answer: The single most important thing you can do when marketing your home is to make it SPOTLESS!
That's right: CLEAN YOUR HOUSE! There is nothing that says you care and that you have taken care of your home more than this obvious, but often overlooked factor.
Pay particular attention to woodwork, the areas around switch plates, baseboards and sliding door tracks. Be sure windows gleam, appliances sparkle, and that sinks, tubs and showers are scum free.
Here are a couple of tips to help you get the job done and recycle something you may be throwing away at the same time!
· Baseboards: after vacuuming, wipe with an all purpose cleaner (try vinegar and water) using a used dryer sheet. Not only will this clean the baseboards, but the anti-static ingredient in the dryer sheet will help them stay clean longer!
· Soap Scum: The same dryer sheet works great for removing soap scum. After I fold clothes, I store a few of the used sheets in the bathroom and quickly wipe out the tub, shower and shower doors each time they are used. It is just abrasive enough to remove the scum without heavy scrubbing, but doesn't scratch!
Who knew?!! We've seen these lists for 1001 uses for duct tape and WD-40. How many can we collect for dryer sheets? Put on your thinking caps. I can't wait to see what we come up with!! (I confess, when I was looking for images of dryer sheets, I saw that there were some uses mentioned. I didn't peek and don't know if the ones I've given were there. I want to see YOURS before I do any research!)
So, to answer the title's original question: WD-40, duct tape and dryer sheets can all help in getting and keeping your home clean. And remember, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" (and a signed contract)!
Kim Dillon, founder of Creative Eye Home Staging, offers services to Cecil County Maryland, Delaware and areas surrounding Chester County Pennsylvania. Call 610.563.0899 to see how she can help you.