Are you thinking about selling your home this spring or summer and you're wondering how to prepare it for today's market? In this video, my colleague Karen Czarny and I are going to give you the best ways to clean and sanitize your home to get it ready to be sold. We’ll also share the top things that turn buyers away when they see your house so you know exactly what to avoid.


The Top Buyer Turn-Offs

It’s important to understand some of the top things that turn buyers away when they come to see your home. Obviously, one of the major turn-offs is a dirty home. Nobody wants to see any dirt, pet hair, stains, or grime just laying around your house.

Next is stinky odors.  This is a big one that includes anything from pet odors to what you made for dinner last night. It could be a deal-breaker. And lastly, no one wants to see personal items left out and around the house. A buyer’s going to see that as clutter. So just put it all away, pack it up, and get rid of it.

10 Spring Cleaning Hacks

The good news is that a seller can fix these problems and make their home more appealing to buyers in today's market. To do so, we’ll go through Karen’s top 10 hacks to get your house sparkling clean. These all include 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils.

These essential oils are the lifeblood of the plant, protecting it from harm and holding all its nutrients. The oils Karen uses are anti-microbial, antifungal, and antibacterial—all without the harmful chemicals and fumes of traditional cleaning products. You can mix them together and use them with vinegar water and baking soda for the perfect green clean that kills germs and leaves your house smelling great.

#10: Peppermint Oil. Peppermint oil is excellent for keeping insects and critters away. And don't worry, it is safe for your pets. However, not all essential oils are, so make sure you check each one before using it around your animals. It’s a great ant deterrent as well, perfect for keeping pesky pests away.

#9: Lemon Oil. Lemon oil is perfect to remove coffee stains and any odors or stains you have on your carpeting.

#8: Lemon Oil, Baking Soda, And Vinegar. If you mix lemon oil with some baking soda and vinegar, it will unclog any clog in your sink. I dare you to try it!

#7: Lemon Oil, Vinegar, And Water. This combination is perfect for washing grime from cabinets, baseboards, and floors. It leaves them gleaming and fresh and kills germs.

#6: Lemon Oil And Peppermint Oil. Adding these two oils into a duster before sweeping cobwebs is a great idea. Not only will it make getting old cobwebs off easier, but it also helps prevent new ones from forming.

#5: Lemon Oil And Water. Spraying lemon oil and water is a great way to disinfect your counters, sinks, tables, and appliances. It's a great way to kill germs and keep everybody safe with their food.

#4: Lavender Oil. For this hack, add three drops of lavender oil to a cotton ball, throw it on the ground, and vacuum it up. Your whole house will smell amazing, and it creates such a calm and beautiful sensation throughout your home. It also inhibits any bad vacuum smell.

#3: Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, And Water. Combine these two oils with water and spray it on your bed, your pillows, and your pillowcases. It kills dust mites and it makes getting into bed feel like heaven.

#2: Lemon Oil In The Garage. When we go to showings, the men gravitate towards the garage—and we want to make sure that your garage is smelling good and clean. So mix some lemon oil with hot water and clean those floors and walls to get them shiny and dirt-free.

#1: Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, And Lemon Oil. Diffusing lavender, peppermint, and lemon oil kill the germs in the air. It also helps with allergies and smells wonderful for showings.

A Fresh, Clean Home

Remember, no one wants to smell fish when viewing a home, so don’t fry any up the night before. Rather, use these 10 tips to make your home smell fresh, clean, and inviting. And if you know of any cleaning hacks that we might have missed, we'd love to hear from you.

So remember, Karen’s top five products to clean your home are simple: baking soda, vinegar, lemon oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil. It’s really all you need! As a bonus, the first five to comment on our video with some positive vibes and who promise to share it will receive a free lemon essential oil of their very own

If you have any additional questions about cleaning hacks or any of the suburban communities we feature on this channel, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask. If you're thinking of moving or relocating to any of Chicago’s suburban communities, make sure to reach out. We've got your back when moving to Chicago, and we’d be happy to help you!