So your house is officially on the market. The hard work is done—you’ve decluttered knick-knacks, touched up paint, trimmed bushes, and made sure the roof isn’t leaking.  Now you need to keep it up, which is one of the more trying aspects of having your house on the market.

We recommend giving your house a thorough cleaning once a week—scrub kitchen and bathrooms, run the vacuum, sweep, and dust. Then get in the habit of tidying up each night so you can be prepared for any unexpected showings.

Sometimes you know days in advance about a showing, but sometimes you may get only an hour notice. If that’s the case, what do you need to do? Go through this checklist and make sure that if nothing else, these major items are checked off. It shouldn’t take long. Just tidy first then go room by room.

  1. Tidy the house
  • Walk through with a large laundry basket and quickly scoop up anything that can be put out of sight—extra shoes, backpacks, toys, unsorted mail, old magazines. Tuck the basket away or better yet, put it in the trunk of your car.
  • Quickly wipe down major pieces of furniture that sit in a sunbeam’s path.
  • Check if any rooms need a quick sweep or vacuum.
  1. Kitchen
    This usually takes the longest as it typically gets the most use and is prone to spills, crumbs, stickiness, and funky smells. So get going.
  • Clean out the sink: rinse dishes before putting in dishwasher to cut down on smells then wash and dry the actual sink to give it some sparkle. Tuck sponges or dishcloths under the sink.
  • Run the garbage disposal.
  • Wipe down kitchen counters and put away clutter. Slip the toaster into a cabinet and make sure syrup isn’t sticking to the counter. (Granite countertops in particular are notorious for hiding crumbs and stickiness, which is a good and bad thing.)
  • Wipe down all handles and faucets. Grab a disposable wipe or microfiber cloth and swipe over refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher handles. Check oven knobs too. Then really wipe down the faucet. If you have stainless steel appliances, wipe down any fingerprints.
  • Empty the trash and put in fresh bag. You don’t want buyers smelling last night’s dinner or leftover onion peels.
  • Tidy up pet bowls. If you have to leave food out, make sure it’s at least inside the bowl and not strewn around. Better yet, take it out of sight.
  • Sweep crumbs off floor and consider running a damp mop.
  1. Bathrooms
    These are the second dirtiest part of the house so head here next.
  • Put away most items on the counter.
  • Take your disposable wipe or damp microfiber cloth and wipe down counters and faucets. Rub off the old toothpaste and make sure hairs aren’t clinging to the sink.
  • Polish the mirror/s.
  • Wipe down toilet. (And make sure it is flushed. Can’t emphasize that enough.)
  • Empty trash.
  • See if the floor needs a quick sweep or wipe to remove hair and dust along baseboards.
  1. Bedrooms
  • Pick up dirty clothes and anything on floors.
  • Make the beds.
  • Empty trash if needed.
  1. Outside
  • Sweep or shovel front stoop and steps. Check for cobwebs on porch walls and light fixtures.
  • Shake out doormat.
  • If you have a glass door or any sliding glass doors, wipe down any fingerprints or animal nose prints.

A clean house shows best so take the time to make it shine. Here at The Gracik Makinney Group, we want our sellers to get the best deal in the least amount of time. To learn more, call us at (630) 441-5540 or reach out through our website,