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Cleaning Tips to Boost Your Home's Value

by Kriste Melcher 09/22/2019

Home cleaning might not exactly bring feelings of warm excitement; you might get a headache at the mention of the word. But this dreaded activity may add a few hundred dollars to the value of your home when you sell it. The other good news is that there are ways you can achieve brilliant results without expending as much time or energy as you think. 

Have a cleaning plan

There is a saying that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Your current home cleaning routine may not be as effective because you approach the task without a clear plan. It doesn’t take much to create one, just a pen and a pad, or an iPad.

Do a thorough examination of your house inside-out, top to bottom and note down every little area that needs cleaning. From the grease-stained garage floor to the dust-coated bathroom window sills, jot it all down. After this, note down cleaning tasks that will effectively deal with the filth, grouping those that you might do in a single go. Arrange them into a sequence that will help you avoid doing double work. 

Get the right tools

Next, note down which cleaning products and tools you need for each task and check if you have them ready. If not, or if you estimate that the remaining quantity won't suffice, create a shopping list of cleaning agents and instruments. For the best cleaning results, don't fall into the temptation of using a substitute product for a task just because it's available. Use the right tools and products for their designated function.

De-clutter

If you’ve lived where you are for a couple of decades, you’ve probably accumulated a lot of clutter. The trikes your kids learned to ride on, old baseball bats and gloves, broken toys, those trousers you no longer fit in; these items and more lie stashed in the corners of wardrobes and garages in most family homes. Spare a weekend to go through your house from attic to basement collecting all the junk you no longer use. If some of it is still in good condition, arrange a garage sale or pawn it off. The extra cash can help finance your relocation. Toss the remainder of the clutter in the trash. 

Start now

Keeping your home clean as a daily habit will save you a lot of time and money when cleaning it when it’s time to sell. You won’t have to deal with stubborn mold or mildew in your bathroom, for instance, if you get into the habit of rinsing off your bathtub every time after use and keeping faucets and handles dry.Get cracking on your cleaning plan now if you intend to move house soon.

About the Author
Author

Kriste Melcher

Kriste’s career began in commercial real estate. A few years later, she began working at John Hall & Associates and successfully began working as a Residential REALTOR at John Hall & Associates. She quickly became a Top Producing Agent and a Million Dollar Producer. 

Kriste has also worked as an Assistant Vice President in Global Sales and Marketing in Real Estate, specializing in Asset Management for 7 years . During this time, Kriste marketing and negotiated real estate sales in all 50 states in the United States.  

Kriste is currently actively involved in the real estate community as an Associate Broker with Vision Realty Pros. This company really reflects her desire to give back to the community! Meanwhile, she’s working with a number of buyers and sellers to help them achieve their real estate goals and dreams. 

Kriste would be happy to speak with you, if you are looking to purchase or sell a home.   

Bachelor of Science in Real Estate:  

Her qualifications include graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and Business from Arizona State University.   

Real Estate Designations:  

She also has earned the designation of Certified Residential Specialist, Certified International Property Specialist, Graduate of Real Estate Institute, and the At Home With Diversity designation. In addition, she holds the Transnational Referral Certification.   

Boards & Committees:   

Kriste has served on a vast number of leadership committees throughout the years. Some of the most notable are as follows:  

City of Tempe - Historic Preservation Commission. Appointed to 2 1/2 terms while taking over for an unexpected vacancy.  

Southeast Valley Association of Realtors Government Affairs Committee - serves as a current member and past co-chairman  

Phoenix Sister Cities (multiple countries) and served as past Ennis, Ireland Co-Chair  

Women’s Council of Realtors Leadership  

AREAA (Asian Real Estate Associates of America) member 

CREA (Canadian Real Estate Associate) member 

Tempe Leadership Class of XXXV  

Last, but not least, Kriste is a certified real estate instructor at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business.