The weather is warming up and now is a great time to open the windows and get some fresh air moving through your house. It’s also a great time to get cleaning! For most of us, taking an entire day to dig in, throw things away, donate items and organize is not the way we’d like to spend a day off. However, I promise you, you will be glad you did. I have clients who have moved 11 times within a generally short period of time. They relayed to me that they always stayed on top of cleaning, didn’t have a bunch of clutter, touched up paint, and kept it regularly maintained. They did this because if the call came that they were being transferred, there was no time to do it all. They had to be ready to sell and move immediately.
Many of us aren’t going to get a call telling us we have to move next week, but what happens when we do decide that we want to downsize or when our family needs change and we need a bigger house? During the Spring and Summer, most housing markets move quicker than in the rest of the year. If you need to move but aren’t ready, you may miss your golden window of time when most Buyers are out looking for a house just like yours. What may be worse is putting your house on the market with all the clutter and dirt that you’ve collected over the past year.
The mother of all domestication, Martha Stewart, has a detailed checklist that, if followed, will be sure to have your house sparkling. If you want to get the whole family involved, make a game out of it. Make a chore chart to divide and conquer. You could even hide an item in each room that is to be cleaned. The item could have an award attached to it so that when the person finds it, you know they’ve done a great job and they get rewarded for helping.
So, while it may not be the most fun way to spend a Saturday, turn up the music and get cleaning. You’ll get exercise, get great sleep that night, and wake up to a clean house!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.