Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Moving and Selling Cleaning Tips

Moving and Selling Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Tips for Making Your Home Ready for Market

Cleaning shortcuts, getting ready to sell
When showing properties the very first thing I do is take a deep breath and smell. I want to smell a clean smell, no smoke and no pets. I want no cover up fragrances like potpourri, scented candles or air fresheners.

Some basic cleaning supplies work best and will leave your home sparkling. White vinegar is a must and so are cotton cleaning cloths (or old t-shirts or diapers, the cloth kind).

  • Small nail holes in walls can be filled with white toothpaste or a little bit of cotton. Of course the wall needs to be a light neutral color. 

  • When you wash your cleaning rags do not use dryer sheets or fabric softener. These leave a residue and will cause a film to remain on glass.

  • I use a lint roller to dust my drapes and curtains, the back and arms of chairs and sofas and lampshades. It does a great job.

  • Wash anything glass, ceramic or metal in the dishwasher that is removable. Use the gentle cycle and place them on the top rack.

  • My miracle cleaner is Dawn Dish Detergent. I clean sinks, bathtubs, countertops, windows, baseboards, fingerprints on walls by using a few drops of Dawn diluted in water then slightly dampening a cleaning rag. Use a light wipe or slight scrubbing action. Amazing. No rinsing is needed.

  • You can also use a white vinegar and water solution (1 to 5) on mirrors, windows, faucets, sinks and porcelain fixtures. It works great on tile floors, too.

  • Whirlpool tubs can be cleaned by dropping a dishwasher pod into a full bathtub of water and turning on the jets for a few minutes. It will sparkle.

  • Old English Scratch Cover or lemon oil will make scratches on wood floors and furniture look better.

The better your home looks, the less resistance you will have on price and the quicker the sale. Remember, clean, clean, clean.  


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Comment balloon 21 commentsDebbie Reynolds • May 30 2018 01:44AM


Great tips Debbie Reynolds sparkling clean and odor-free... always a must when selling a home!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 12 months ago

Debbie, great tips and I use white vinegar a lot. this is a keeper!!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Debbie

It's always nice to have some good cleaning tips to pass along to sellers when getting ready to sell...cleanliness is SO important...or for buyers when moving in.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 12 months ago

Debbie, I am here because of  Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®  reblog, so who is coming over need to know you or her??Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 12 months ago

Best advice was at the end, "The better your home looks, the less resistance you will have on price and the quicker the sale. Remember, clean, clean, clean."

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 12 months ago

I have found Sellers all have a different idea of what clean is Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 12 months ago

Buyers want clean and fresh smelling. Great tip about the dishwasher pod in the whirlpool tub. 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) 12 months ago

Good morning Debbie - really great advice here.  I did not know that the dryer sheets leave a residue

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 12 months ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds and this says it all:

"The better your home looks, the less resistance you will have on price and the quicker the sale." 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 12 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds ,

Excellent tips on cleaning because buyers and their agents want to see and smell a clean, sparkling house when they come to visit. The dishwasher pod in the whirlpool tub is an excellent suggestion. White vingar has always been a close and personal friend!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 12 months ago

A terrific list, Debbie, for any house cleaning... not just when it's for sale. I did not know that about whirlpool tubs (don't have one anymore as I never found I used them), but will remember the tip for my clients who do.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 12 months ago

Debbie, I saw your post from Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® reblog and love your tips. I will be putting some to use in my own home. I agree a home should smell clean, not covered up by fragrance. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group ) 12 months ago

Debbie, great post, and you always have to worry when they have so many plug in fragrances.    You know it isn't clean.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 12 months ago

One of the homes I showed yesterday was a dirty mess. And at 680K, can't imagine the listing agent, or the seller's attitude about it. The downstairs smelled damp and musty and the the teenagers room had that rotten tennis shoes odor - seriously made me - and my buyer - nauseous. Argh. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 12 months ago

Debbie Reynolds - You introduced me to a few new cleaning tips. They sound wonderful and I'll be sure to give them a try.

Thank you, so much!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 12 months ago

These are excellent cleaning tips to share. I will post them on Twitter and Facebook and schedule a reblog.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago

Great tips for our sellers. Clean makes a big difference in a home!

Posted by Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor (Carolina One Real Estate) 11 months ago

Great tip top far, our "pretend we are moving" strategy for our own house hasn't worked too well...:) !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 11 months ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds great list of cleaning tips....I'm going to test a few!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 11 months ago

Dawn dish detergent is our "go to" for all things cleaning AND in the laundry room. 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

I love the idea of the lint roller for curtains, chairs, etc. I hadn't thought of that.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 9 months ago