Preparing Your Richmond Home for the Market: Flooring

Floor-CleaningThis is the third post in a series of preparing your Richmond home for the market. Read the first and second posts!

Many homeowners get a slight case of anxiety in anticipation of listing their home for sale. After all, it is understandable that one who doesn’t do this on a daily basis could be a little intimidated by the preparation and maintenance of having your home walked through by strangers that are judging every nook and cranny on a daily basis.

Rule Number Three: Hardwood Floors – If you have them, flaunt them!

This means taking up all rugs that cover them. Trust us, this is the fastest way to increase the value of your home – show off your beautiful hardwood floors! Do you have hardwood flooring underneath carpeting? Consider removing the carpet. If they are looking kind of drab and worn, consider polishing or refinishing to give them a nice shine.  Here’s some tips:

  • To begin with, you should start by using a microfiber dusting pad to get rid of excess debris from the wooden floors. This is an important first step to prepare the floors for further cleaning and polishing. Be sure to buy a microfiber cleaning pad, as other types may not be soft enough and could end up scratching your wooden floors. To get debris and dust out of crevices and corners, you may also want to consider using a hose attachment on your vacuum.
  • Next, choose a floor cleaner that is specifically made for hardwood flooring. Never use a generic disinfectant or other cleaner that is not labeled specifically for use on hardwood. This is because it could cause serious and expensive damage to the flooring this way. Apply small amounts of the cleaner to each area of the floor and rub them into the wood using a microfiber pad.
  • Once the cleaner is applied, check to make sure that the floors are not too slippery. If the floors are slippery, ensure that any potential buyers you show your home to keep their shoes on when viewing the home to avoid slipping hazards.
  • Once the floors are shiny and clean, you may also want to consider applying a floor polish to give them an extra shine and protective finish. Most of these come in a wax form, though some cleaners even have the polish built in to save you time and hassle.

Overall, preparing your hardwood floor for a home showing takes time and some careful work. However, in taking the time to get your floors looking their best, you will drastically increase the overall appearance of your interior space and your chances of being able to sell your home!

Photo and cleaning information courtesy of http://blog.homegain.com/

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