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Easy Ways to Quickly Make your Home Look Cleaner

By Ben Levy

If you are in the process of selling or renting your house, keeping it clean and ready to show at all times is key. This doesn't mean you have to tiptoe around your own house; there are a few quick ways to make your home look cleaner before a showing.

First, remove clutter. This includes papers laying out on the kitchen counter, toys spread out over the living room floor and the like. Clutter is easy and quick to get out of the way, and it makes a big difference in the overall appearance of a room. You may want to keep a designated 'clutter basket' that you sweep all the clutter into before a showing. Then, store it out of sight in a closet or the garage and simply bring it back out once the showing is complete.

Next, keep a healthy supply of cleaning wipes on hand at all times. These are a homeowner's life saver. They are similar to baby wipes, but are used for cleaning household surfaces. They are inexpensive and a breeze to use. A few minutes before a showing, run a wipe over the kitchen counters and in the sink. Use another one in each bathroom, quickly wiping down the mirrors and counter surfaces. They are even great for walls. Run a wipe along baseboards and door frames to get rid of dust in one clean sweep.

Finally, make it a point to vacuum and sweep regularly. Clean, open floors are one of the first things potential buyers will notice, and nothing screams 'dirty' like walking through the door onto a dirty rug. Even if you can't spring for new carpeting, a quick pass with the vacuum can make tired old rugs look neat and orderly.

By practicing these simple steps, you'll have a home that appears clean and fresh without spending hours cleaning before every showing.

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