Open House Cleaning Checklist

Jul 21, 2014 By Nathan 0 Comments

I often get phone calls from property owners who are selling their home and want it to look and smell fresh and clean. Often they are preparing their home for an open house. (If you are interested in knowing exactly what the meaning of "Broom Clean is check out this blog post by  Charles McDonald from Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions http://www.charlottesvillesolutions.com/2014/05/broom-clean-and-what-it-means-to-sellers/ 

Sellers often ask me what I recommend for their home so I have made this checklist:

Open House Cleaning Checklist

Kitchen

  • Appliance exteriors and interiors cleaned
  • Refrigerator exterior and interior cleaned
  • Microwave exterior and interior cleaned
  • New chrome burner drip pans installed
  • Sink scrubbed and sanitized
  • Chrome fixtures cleaned and shined
  • Countertops and backsplash cleaned and sanitized
  • Cabinets exteriors/interiors cleaned
  • Light fixtures and ceiling fans dusted
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped
  • Baseboards dusted
  • Windowsills cleaned and blinds dusted
  • Windows cleaned inside and outside

Bedrooms

  • Beds made (including changing the linens)
  • Furniture and shelves dusted
  • Furniture vacuumed (including under any cushions)
  • Belongings straightened and organized
  • Light fixtures and ceiling fans dusted
  • Doors spot-cleaned
  • Floors vacuumed and/or mopped
  • Baseboards dusted
  • Windowsills cleaned and blinds dusted
  • Windows cleaned inside and outside

Bathroom

  • Tub and shower scrubbed and sanitized
  • Toilet exterior/interior cleaned and sanitized
  • Sink scrubbed and sanitized
  • All personal belongings cleaned and organized
  • Chrome fixtures cleaned and shined
  • Countertops and backsplash cleaned and sanitized
  • Vanity and cabinet exteriors/interiors cleaned
  • Mirrors cleaned
  • Light fixtures and ceiling vents dusted
  • Floors vacuumed and mopped
  • Baseboards dusted
  • Windowsills cleaned and blinds dusted
  • Windows cleaned inside and outside

Living Room, Hallway, Stairs, and Other Rooms

  • Railings and bannisters dusted
  • Doors spot-cleaned
  • Light fixtures and ceiling fans dusted
  • Floors vacuumed and/or mopped
  • Baseboards dusted
  • Windowsills cleaned and blinds dusted
  • Furniture and shelves dusted
  • Furniture vacuumed (including under any cushions)
  • Windows cleaned inside and outside