Selling a home can be no easy task. There are so many things to consider, such as deciding whether to sell it yourself or use a realtor, and all the various inspections and paperwork to do. And let’s not forget, if you really want to help your house to sell, you’ll want to make it look as clean as presentable as you can. That includes cleaning your windows.
Why is it so important to clean your windows when selling your house?
A clean and presentable house can have a dramatic effect on how well your house sells. A clean house won’t distract the people coming to see your home like a cluttered one would, it will give them a good impression of both you and your home, and can lead to a better selling price.
Everyone wants sparkling windows, right? Clean, bright, shiny windows can add a new look to a house. Clean windows can create a brighter and more inviting rooms. They can let bright sunshine in, which can highlight small details that might have gone unnoticed in dimmer light, such as a fresh paint job or the shine and character of polished hardwood flooring.
Realtors suggest that window screens can be distracting and recommend removing and storing them when showing your home. But if you want to leave them on, make sure they are clean by giving them a good wash with warm, soapy and water and a soft bristle brush, and a good rinse.
Keep your windows clean throughout the selling period by having the exteriors routinely cleaned, preferably by professionals. According to Money Magazine, routinely cleaning windows can lead to a return on investment of up to 769% because of the visual value it adds when it comes time to sell. So it’s definitely a good idea to invest in it, since it’ll pay off in the long run.
If you can’t afford a professional, you can do it yourself. Just follow these simple tips.
1. Dry them in one direction – leftwards or rightwards. Mixing directions can leave unsightly streaks.
2. Remove all dust from windows before applying the wet cloth to prevent leaving mud on the windows. Water mixing with dust will create mud.
3. Rub the whole surface of window sills with a damp cloth sprayed with alcohol so all the spots will clear off, leaving a beautiful shine.
4. Windows are sensitive to dirt, so use only clean water when cleaning and use clean, damp cloths.
5. If windows are greasy or smoky, add a little vinegar to the water. Vinegar will remove grease without leaving streaks or stains.
6. Use a step ladder or regular ladder to reach windows beyond your normal reach, but do so safely. Make sure the safety clip is on and have someone to hold the base of the ladder.
7. Sprays are more convenient to use than buckets of water, especially when working with higher windows.
A professional window cleaner is recommended than doing it yourself, however. They will do a great job, will notice any problems, and it will be safer for you. And the investment you put into it will pay off when you finally sell your house.