Concept. Red wheelbarrow with for sale house 3d illustration. high resolutionNow that you’ve found the perfect buyer for your home, the relief of moving out makes you want to skip on doing the clean up. Cleaning your home before moving out is not for etiquette only, but for other practical purposes as well. Leaving your home dirty could cause some last minute problems with the sale.

Here are some tips to help you get through those cleaning chores and make your home spotless by the time the buyer does the final walk through.

Start early. Before putting your home on the market, declutter and clean up the house. It will be less stressful and you’ll do a better job of cleaning up. However, if you don’t have much time and can’t start early, create a plan on how you’re going to get things done. You’ll realize it is much faster and efficient if you have a checklist of things to do. Having a checklist also ensures that you don’t forget anything. Clean room by room, working from the attic down to the basement and then outside. Don’t forget the details, like wiping light fixtures or drawers.

Get rid of the smell. Cleanliness is not the only thing you have to consider when cleaning. Take a deep breath and smell the air. The first thing that buyers notice when they walk inside your home is the smell. Any strange or less-than-appealing smells will give the impression that the house is dirty. Open the doors and windows to let fresh air in and remove the bad odors. If this doesn’t work, you could also use air fresheners to minimize lingering odors.

Don’t leave your things. When you move out, take everything with you. Do not leave personal items because you think the new owner could use it.  Don’t leave that extra broom or trash can because the buyer would probably not want it anyway. Unless the buyer requested it, take all of your things with you. Double check every nook and cranny of the house to make sure you didn’t miss anything.  Check all rooms, the attic, basement, garage and all storage places for any items left.

When you’re done with your clean up, don’t forget to lock the door especially if the new buyer is not going to move in yet. Other people could break into the home and mess up your hard work.