Areas You Need to Clean to Get Top Dollar for Your Home

Areas You Need to Clean to Get Top Dollar for Your Home

Tuesday Jul 27th, 2021

If you’re planning on selling your home, it’s essential to do a deep clean before you start to show it to potential buyers. From the bedroom and bathroom to the kitchen and closets, you may be amazed at what’s gone unchecked from day to day.

Whether you choose to hire a professional cleaning service or decide to clean your home yourself, Gem City Cleaning Solutions is here to help. In this blog post, our team of professionals have outlined several tips to better ensure your home is ready to fetch above-market offers.

Declutter the Space

A storage cabinet holding household clothing and other objects.

Before you begin the cleaning process, start by decluttering your home; this process entails removing personal possessions and any other unnecessary items that may impede the buyer’s vision. While personal possessions, such as photographs, may serve as great memories, they often distract people from envisioning their own decorations and photos on the wall.

Through decluttering, you not only make the home more appealing to buyers, but you also make the process of moving out easier.

In addition to removing all of your personal belongings, make sure there are no articles of clothing, electronics, or toys lying around. When preparing your home for listing, you want to make sure that the buyer can see all of the available space there is to offer.

Cleaning the Essentials

While many people may attempt to get the job done themselves, it is often the case that professional cleaners are hired to achieve a deeper, more thorough clean more quickly than you might be able to do on your own.

Although every room in your house is essential, the rooms listed below are highlighted since they are considered “key selling points.” Potential buyers want to make sure the home they’re considering has enough space to accommodate their family (and even pets) while also having enough room for decoration and other miscellaneous items; it’s also about knowing that the previous owners took good care of their home prior to listing.


When it comes to the kitchen, appearances are important as the room often takes up a great deal of a home’s floor plan. It’s best to give your backsplash, sink, and countertops a thorough cleaning with the proper equipment, such as glass and multi-surface cleaner. The same can be said for any and all cabinet handles, as well as the interior of your oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. If you are selling the house with appliances included, ensuring that they are clean is a key selling point.


Interior of a white and tan bedroom.

If you're showing the house with furniture in it, be sure that your bedroom is tidy. Make your bed, vacuum the floors, clean out clutter, and even consider organizing your closet. Then, consider wiping down the ceiling fan, window blinds, and shaking the curtains outside to rid of any dust that may be lingering in the bedroom. Once it has been given a thorough cleaning, make the most of the room by removing any unnecessary furniture and allowing natural light to shine into the room through the windows.


Jamie Shewbrook, Director at Westcountry Tile & Bathroom Ltd, has stated that the average person spends about “1.5 years of their lifetime in the bathroom,” making it one of the most important rooms in any home. That said, the toilet, bathtub, and sink should be scrubbed thoroughly with a cleaner, such as Clorox, and any glass with glass cleaner. Don’t forget to spend time on the tile to remove grout, if there is any. It is also worth inspecting the bathroom fan for dirt and debris.

Garage, Attic, and Closets

Your garage, attic, and closets are ideal for storage, but that doesn’t mean you want them brimming with your belongings. You want to clear out these spaces so buyers can envision their own stuff stacked up. If there are none, sweep the flooring to rid of the debris, scrub it with soap and water, and consider giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Tools and pictures on the wall of a garage.

When you are cleaning any of these particular areas, make sure to:

  • Vacuum
  • Steam clean any carpets
  • Mop hardwood floors
  • Dust all wood
  • Use glass cleaner

Unsure of the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing? Check out this blog post!

Other Selling Points

In addition to the more obvious areas, there are a myriad of objects and areas that should be cleaned in order to highlight the beauty of your home. While they may not seem nearly as important, potential buyers will likely inspect the following objects and areas before putting an offer on a home:

  • Light fixtures
  • Vents
  • Fans
  • Windowsills
  • Walls

Couple repeating a white wall.

It is also recommended that you make any necessary repairs or aesthetic adjustments to your home during this time, which may entail:

  • Replacing light bulbs
  • Patching screw holes in the wall
  • Repainting
  • Repairing the roof
  • Reviving your lawn
  • Fixing any leaks
  • Washing the exterior
  • Updating hardware

Keeping Clean with Gem City Cleaning Solutions

If cleaning seems like too much work on top of the other tasks that it takes to get your home ready for listing, consider employing a professional cleaning company like Gem City Cleaning Solutions! Our team of professionals offer a wide variety of services that tailor to your specific needs, all of which are geared towards leaving your home smelling fresh and looking good as new. For more information, visit our website today or book a service now!

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