The 10 Dirtiest Places You MUST Clean Before Selling Your House

10 Dirtiest Places In Your House

The 10 Dirtiest Places You MUST Clean Before Selling Your House

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Moving is stressful, but moving when you also have to sell a house? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason why most homeowners tend to stay put for awhile.

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One of the most hectic parts of selling your house is actually getting the home ready to show.

Whether you decide to hire a stager or just show an empty house, there’s no question that you’ll want to clean every surface before buyers show up.

But it’s going to take more than a pass of a vacuum and mop to make sure your house is buyer-friendly.

After all, the last thing you want to do is scare someone off with a dirty toilet or a giant dust bunny in that spare room you never used.

These are the top 10 dirtiest places in your home that you might not be thinking about, but your buyer probably will:

1. Ceiling fans

Sure, this one may seem like a no-brainer during the warmer months when your fan is pulling 12-hour shifts.

After the summertime, though, it’s easy to quickly forget about keeping your ceiling fan clean, and then before you know it, you’ve got dusty blades.

Even if your fan looks clean, if you know it’s been awhile since the last time you cleaned it, a quick swipe with a damp cloth is definitely worth the effort when you’re getting ready to show your house.

2. Baseboards

Much like ceiling fans, baseboards are pretty easy to forget about when you’re doing routine cleaning, but a dirty baseboard may as well be jumping up and down screaming “Notice Me!” when a buyer is looking at your house.

Set aside a few minutes and clean all the baseboards in your home at once to avoid missing any.

3. Window sills and blinds

If you don’t stay on top of your dusting, your window sills are one of the first places where it shows. Not to mention, your window sills are probably out of sight, and out of mind during the winter months, but that doesn’t stop the dirt from building up.

A great way to get rid of the build-up on your window sills is to quickly vacuum any loose dirt, and then scrub the area with baking soda and vinegar, using a toothbrush. You’ll be amazed by how much cleaner your windows look once you’re done.

To quickly clean your blinds, a damp microfiber cloth should catch any dirt or dust that’s collected over time.

These cleaning tasks together shouldn’t take too long, and your buyers will be grateful to see how well your windows have been taken care of.

4. Underneath furniture and appliances

Do NOT skip this step if you have a pet! The space underneath large appliances is like a black hole that swallows up dirt, dust, crumbs, and especially pet hair.

If you’re using your own furniture to stage, take a minute to vacuum under couch cushions and chair cushions, too.

As for the harder-to-reach areas beneath your large appliances, use a vacuum attachment to get rid of as much loose debris as possible, and then a quick pass with a rag mop should leave the space nice and clean.

While looking underneath your appliances may not be on every buyer’s mind, you wouldn’t want a buyer to notice your dirty floor when he’s bending down to tie a shoe or retrieve a dropped pen. Always err on the side of caution!

5. Dryer vents

Savvy buyers may want to check the dryer vents, so make sure you beat them to the punch! While there are a myriad of dryer vent cleaning services, you could even take on this task yourself with a dryer vent brush kit or a long-handled scrub brush.

6. Kitchen range hood filter

If you have an exhaust fan in your kitchen, the filter is probably full of grease. This is another small detail that can easily get ignored during your day-to-day, but a keen buyer will definitely notice a filthy range hood filter.

Luckily, this filter can be cleaned right in your kitchen sink, where you can soak it in a solution of hot water, baking soda, and dish soap before scrubbing off the residue.

7. Bathroom exhaust fan filter

Bathroom exhaust fans are infamous for gathering dirt and dust, but you can easily clean this up.

First, you’ll want to make sure the fan is off and remove the cover. Then, just take a vacuum with a brush attachment or a microfiber cloth to clear away dirt from the fan housing.

Next. vacuum the inside of the fan housing for a thorough cleaning job, and then replace the cover.

8. Shower or bathtub drains

Smart buyers will want to look at every part of your house, and that means they may even turn on your shower. Don’t let a slow or clogged drain discourage your buyers!

Pick up a cheap drain zipper like the Zip-It from Cobra to clear your drains of any hair or other debris that could be built up and waiting to gross out your buyer.

Cleaning your shower drain is a quick task that your buyer will definitely appreciate.

9. Your kitchen sink

Whether you have a garbage disposal or not, we all know crumbs and bits of food can sometimes end up going down the kitchen drain and, if you’re really unlucky, this can even create an odor.

Once again, it’s baking soda and vinegar to the rescue! Using a 1:1 ratio, pour the solution down the drain and give it 10 minutes to work its magic. Then, pour some hot water down your drain to rinse, and finish with some ice and salt to clean your garbage disposal, if you have one.

10. Toilet tanks

We all clean our toilets regularly, but how often do you remember to clean the tank?

Even if you’re somehow lucky enough to have a tank free of rust, mold, and mineral deposits, you’ll still want to clean your toilet tank before you show your home to buyers.

Start by filling your toilet tank with some white vinegar, which should soak for 5 minutes to reduce build-up.

Once you’ve flushed the vinegar away, turn off the water supply and flush to empty the tank. Then, clean the tank with an all-purpose cleaner, turn the water back on, and then flush again.

It may sound crazy, but you never know when a potential buyer may decide to inspect your toilet. Keep your bathroom and the rest of your house as clean as possible to avoid disaster.

Now you’re really ready to start showing off your beautiful house!

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The more you do to prep your home, the more buyers you’ll appeal to. Better yet, your home will stand out against other homes in your area that may not be as clean.

Every detail counts!

The next question is, are you ready to start the next chapter in your new home?

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  1. Only an expert realtor could come up with this. Thanks for the inside scoop Noelle!

    1. Author

      Thanks, Verla! I’m actually not a realtor (I just write for realtors), but I appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  2. I’m not selling my house, but I think I need to clean all of these things NOW. They are things that really get overlooked in the day to day.

    1. Author

      Not a bad idea! I’m definitely guilty of forgetting to clean some of these things regularly too!

    1. Author

      Haha you’re not alone! They’re all pretty easy to overlook.

  3. Love this list! In the future, we hope to sell our home! I will keep these tips in mind!

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      Awesome! I’m glad this was helpful for you! 🙂

  4. These are great tips! The toilet tanks and the bathroom vent were places I wouldn’t have even thought of! Thanks for sharing!

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      Thank you, Anitra, I’m so glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  5. these are great tips! we are looking to sell our home so I will be saving this. 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks, Heidi, I hope the tutorials help out!

  6. I would never have thought of a lot of these places to clean. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      I’m so happy you enjoyed!

  7. Fantastic tips whether you’re selling your home or not!

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      Thanks, Maggie! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  8. The worst part of moving… cleaning the house haha! Great list and reminders. I always forget about the vents!

    1. Author

      Haha I hear you! Glad this was helpful! 🙂

  9. These are great tips for Spring cleaning too!

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      Definitely!! 🙂

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      Haha glad you found it helpful!! 🙂

  10. My first thought was already mentioned above…these are great Spring cleaning or anytime cleaning tips!

    1. Author

      That’s true! Thanks for reading, Nicolette! 🙂

  11. Great tips. I don’t think I have ever cleaned the toilet tank in any house I’ve lived in.

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      Thanks, Dee! I think most people can say the same- it’s so easy to miss!

  12. This is so important. When I buy a house I check most of these. It’s little things that bring up the value.

    1. Author

      You’re a smart buyer, Monica! That’s very true; every detail counts!

  13. see!? I told you. Now I have to rush home and clean my ceiling fans.

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      Haha you’re not the only one! I’m especially bad about remembering to clean my window sills. It’s so easy to ignore!

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