Cleaning 101 Before Listing Your Home_Laurel Jonas Blog


Before you put your home up for sale, you'll want to ensure it's clean for all of the buyers that will come through. A dirty house isn't appealing, and you won't get a good offer, if you get one at all, if your home isn't in tip-top shape. Cleaning your home doesn't have to be overwhelming, below we've listed the top things to remember to clean for each room.



  • Clean the door and hardware.
  • Wipe off all fingerprints on windows/furniture.
  • Clean off scuff marks on floors and door.
  • Replace all light bulbs and ensure light fixtures are working.
  • Tidy/clean up the coat closet. People WILL look in there to see the size.



  • Wipe down all cabinets.
  • Clean all appliances, inside and out.
  • Clean stove hood, on top and bottom.
  • Clean behind the refrigerator, on top and bottom too.
  • Ensure the microwave is clean of food splatter.
  • Clean the space behind the sink.
  • Wipe down blinds/shades.
  • Wash any kitchen rugs, clean the floors and baseboards.
  • Store all of your pet food/food out of sight.



  • Clean behind toilet and under sink.
  • Only display absolute necessities, declutter.
  • Organize and clean under the vanity.
  • Scrub floors and clean grout lines.
  • Keep dirty clothes and towels off the floor.
  • Be sure to lock away any medication.
  • Clean the fan and make sure it's functioning.
  • Replace any dead lightbulbs.


  • Wash sheets, comforters, and blankets.
  • Clean the curtains and rugs.
  • Dust furniture.
  • Remove any obvious stains from fabrics.
  • Keep closets clean and organized.
  • Store away dirty clothes and personal photos.
  • Clean marks on walls.


These are just the basics you don't want to forget about. If it's within your budget, we highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner to ensure your home is in its best condition.


Laurel Jonas offers a FREE staging consultation, professional pictures and video when you list with me. I understand how to maximize your homes features to obtain top dollar for your home with less days on market.


Laurel Jonas 

Northwest Realty Group