Sellers - The Secret to Getting Your House Cleaned Without Stress

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Thinking about selling your home but the cleaning has you exhausted before you even start? By the end of this blog post, you'll know the secret to getting your house cleaned minus the stress. 


Here is a breakdown of where you begin. Knowing that Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms are top priority, I recommend you start cleaning the following. You can choose to follow the outline or follow my advice at the conclusion of this post.



  • Remove everything on a top surface, clean and sanitize.
  • Clean all appliances inside and out and make them shine like new.
  • Sinks must be cleaned, sanitized and shine.
  • Clean and polish all kitchen furniture including legs on table and chairs.
  • Clean and polish faucets, knobs, hardware - make them shine like new.
  • Hand wipe and clean window sills and baseboards.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs and clean lights and ceiling fans.
  • Floors must be cleaned to look and smell fresh and new.
  • Remove cobwebs - Inspect all walls, windows, corners, crevices.
  • Clean cabinets inside and out.
  • Remove expired food products.
  • Make pantry shelves look like grocery store shelves.
  • Clean doors, blinds, drawers, shelves; remove stains and odors.
  • Clean windows inside and out, including window sills.
  • Mop, dust, spot clean, touch-up, clean blinds.
  • Remove and pack away excess dishes and kitchen appliances.
  • Clean doors, door knobs and light plates.



  • Remove any and all unnecessary bedroom furniture.
  • Remove cobwebs, dust and vacuum every inch of the rooms.
  • Dust and clean picture frames - best to remove personal photos.
  • Dust and clean mirrors and all bedroom furniture.
  • Clean ceiling fan; replace light bulbs.
  • Clean window sills and windows.
  • Dust lamp shades.
  • Clean doors; polish or replace hardware.
  • Empty closets and vacuum floors; clean shelves, rods.
  • Pack and remove at least 3/4 of your clothes and shoes.
  • Change light bulb.
  • Clean sheets and bedding.
  • Vacuum or mop every inch of flooring in bedrooms, Master Baths, closets.
  • Clean or replace window treatments.
  • Pack and remove nick knacks and valuables.
  • Clean baseboards - paint or touch-up walls and/or baseboards.
  • Clean doors, door knobs and light plates.



  • Clean and sanitize toilets completely.
  • Clean and sanitize tubs, showers, soap dishes, towel bars, and sink.
  • Clean vanities and faucets - make them shine like new.
  • Clean inside and outside all cabinets and drawers.
  • Remove stains.
  • Remove cobwebs.
  • Clean baseboards.
  • Organize linen cabinets and remove excess linen.
  • Discard old medicine, shampoo, toothbrushes and cosmetic products.
  • Clean out medicine cabinet completely.
  • Replace light bulbs and old light fixtures.
  • Clean mirrors and windows.
  • Clean and sanitize floors.
  • Clean baseboard; touch-up paint where needed.
  • Clean doors, door knobs and light plates.


If you can do all this and keep it clean, congratulations - you are probably on your way to selling very quickly. Follow the same outline above in all other areas of the house.


But the secret to getting your house cleaned without any stress is to hire a reputable Cleaning Services that offers Satisfaction Guaranteed. For small repairs that don't require professional electricians, plumbers, etc., hire a reputable handy man who can fix, replace, remove, and repair what can and should be fixed. A local professional stager will give you honest and objective advice customized to your home and budget. This is important because not all advice on HTV will apply to your home and your area. When it comes to services, shop locally and ask your Agent for reputable resources. This will be money well spent. The quicker you get under contract, the sooner you can move on. Another secret - cleanliness is the best air freshner. There is no spray, plug in, or scented candles that can substitute what a truly clean house can do for you.


©Patrica Feager 6/26/2014

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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Patricia, Excellent post and well thought out. The conclusion is the best. We have several services here that can do all this and more and with the same gaurantee. The money spent here is the best money spent. Suggested!

Jun 25, 2014 04:15 PM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Patricia -- a professional house cleaning is best --- they will look at the home with a fresh set of eyes.  Of course, stress-free is always a good thing.     

Jun 25, 2014 05:11 PM #2
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor


Very good tips and thoughout list of things that need to be cleaned in order to sell ones house. For a stress free cleaning, the best recommendation is to hire a professional. I would add that packing away unnecessary personal properties will also save stress and time when it comes time to move.

Jun 25, 2014 05:55 PM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Patricia. When your clients follow your recommendations, their home will sell much quicker than someone who takes your list forgranted. Well done!

Jun 25, 2014 06:48 PM #4
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Hire professionals is the best advice you can give Patricia, that truly makes cleaning stress free.  Selecting the right one is the tricky part.

Jun 25, 2014 07:34 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

I always tell David there is a reason why God made cleaning ladies....this is a great list to serve as a checklist for professionals, the do it yourselfers or to check off what a professional has done.

Jun 25, 2014 09:18 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Patricia, your best advice is that you do not have to do it all by yourself! You do have to make sure it gets done! Enjoy your day!

Jun 25, 2014 10:08 PM #7
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Patricia, lists can go a long way in helping you prioritize and organize the work that needs to be done. Don't underestimate the power of the check list!

Jun 25, 2014 10:35 PM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, excellent post and I like your advice at the end. Hiring the professionals is the way to go. Less stress and the job will be done better. Suggested!

Jun 25, 2014 10:45 PM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Kitchens, baths and bedrooms are the propriety Patricia. The kitchen is such an important place in the home where every buyer looks it over twice..

Jun 25, 2014 11:32 PM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia, I have seen some listings that have not been cleaned at all, and need to have read your list!    Great prioritites!

Jun 25, 2014 11:35 PM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia, great tips for al of us, hiring a professional cleaning company is the way to go!

Jun 25, 2014 11:48 PM #12
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I just had  sit down with a seller that has not done much to their condo in the 10 years they have owned it. They didn't like the honesty, but did appreciate it and hopefully when they are done wit the fixin' and cleanin' they'll call me back to list it.

Jun 26, 2014 12:56 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree, and I love that you put so much thought into this post.  We have cleaning ladies that invade our place every two weeks, and I am so thankful for them and their work.  They make our lives better, and our work flows.   It is something everyone should do for themselves also.  A

Jun 26, 2014 03:10 AM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia excellent detailed list, but I like your advise at the end better :)

Jun 26, 2014 08:24 AM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thank you so much for your comments.  I really worked hard on this one to get my point across. Whether people choose to save money by doing it themselves or hire a professional cleaning services is something that needs to be analyzed. Are they really saving time and money by doing it themselves? I say, hire a professional to do the jobs that others can do in less time. That's what they are trained to do!

Jun 26, 2014 02:51 PM #16
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Patricia,

This is a terrific list and I think I am going to copy it and make a form with check boxes so I can give it to all my clients. Thanks for sharing. SUGGEST!

Jun 28, 2014 04:13 PM #17
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