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Spring is one of the more popular times to sell a home, since the weather is improving and summer is perfect for a move now that school is out. If you’re planning on putting your house on the market, you need to start establishing a game plan for doing a deep deep clean of your property. Of course, some of the heavier lifting, like plumbing repairs, etc., should probably be left to the professionals, but there are some important aspects of your home’s aesthetics that will boost your ability to sell your home unspeakably.

Floors and Carpets: You’ve probably become numb to the appearance of your floors, but for people considering buying your home, the floors couldn’t be more important. For hardwood floors, cleaning is a multi-step process, and each time you go over the floor, you get through another level of dirt. This video will help guide you through the steps for making sure your wood floors are clean. For carpets, rent yourself a rug doctor to pull up some of the deep deep dirt and allergens that have made a long term home in your rugs.

Walls, crown molding, and baseboards: Especially if you have small children, your walls may have been shown a lot of love while you’ve lived in the house. First, of course, patch up any holes or nicks in the walls. Then, gently wash your walls with soap, water, and a cloth to remove any stains and dust. For crown molding and baseboards, you can use paint sponges to get into the nooks, crannies, and corners that host lots of dust. If the damage is really serious, consider having a professional repaint the rooms in the worst shape.

Sinks and Faucets: You may have been able to ignore some leaks and faulty faucets, but prospective home buyers may not. When you’re cleaning, make sure that you repair all the leaks, shine all the steel, and de-gunk all the drains. One sneaky little place that might be the source of some mold and odor is the undersides of the plastic flaps in your kitchen sink. Take a toothbrush to scrub away all the refuse that’s caked up on the insides and undersides of your garbage disposal.

Handles, Hinges, and Locks: Little is more important to families looking to buy a home than the security of where they’re living. Go through your house room by room and ensure that all the hinges are well-lubricated, all the handles are generally clean and functional, and the locks are all in perfect working order.

Curb Appeal: If your mailbox is weather-worn and your siding is caked in dirt from storms long past, you could lose the interest of drivers who would have otherwise stopped to take a look at your house. Once the weather gets warmer, make sure you take care to plant flowers, power-wash your exterior, repair any broken fence posts, and seal up cracks in your driveway.

Before you get started, though, I would recommend making a plan. All the cleaning and necessary work can be overwhelming to the point of near paralysis. Once you decide what needs to be done and how long each task will take, take an hour or two to plan out when you’ll handle the work.