As of this morning, our home, Fairfield, has been for sale for 44 days. Now, I appreciate 44 days is not an enormous amount of time and considering we’ve had nearly constant showings, 44 days is absolutely nothing. Regardless of the fact that the showings are precisely what we signed up for when the Prudential sign was erected in our front yard, they are still a tremendous amount of crucial work. Crucial work, that is, that has so far, not benefited us at all because Fairfield is still for sale.
It takes, on average, approximately 30 minutes for me to ready Fairfield for a showing. If you ask Mr. MVP it takes 28 hours:
I have a system and so far, it has been efficient enough to prepare Fairfield in just under one half hour and impress every single potential buyer who has walked through our door. The only feedback we’ve received has been love and adoration, which I realize we need to turn into a firm offer of purchase, but on the up side, every starry eyed first time buyer who opens our front door, walks out after their tour and then immediately finds the home of their dreams. So, there is that.
How do I make Fairfield ready to sell other houses? It’s fairly simple really and once your home has been pre-cleaned, you too can get it show ready in just under thirty minutes. Here is what you’ll need:
The first thing you need to do is fill your spray bottle with water and then add one half cap of Biokleen. This spray bottle of magical orange cleaning solution should take you through the next two weeks. One bottle of Biokleen that costs about $5 will last around ten months. Biokleen math is fun and economical!
Now, I typically take my Biokleen and spray down my kitchen counters, sink, bathroom counter, sink, toilet, and bathtub. There, wasn’t that painless? Now, take any small trash cans you may have in the bathroom or office and empty them into the largest bag there is. For Team VP, that is the kitchen. Don’t worry, your Biokleen will be just fine. Fantastic work team!
Starting in the bathroom, use your brushes to quickly scrub your sink and wipe the faucet, scrub the bathtub or shower and wipe down your counter with your cleaning cloth. Don’t forget to clean the mirror. Biokleen can handle it, I promise. This should take you around 5 minutes and when you leave the bathroom it should smell like nothing. No bleach, ammonia, peroxide, or manufactured spring meadows.
Leave the bathroom and work your way to your wood furniture in your bedroom. Take your Biokleen and spray it on a cloth and dust your furniture. Dust your pictures, your mirrors, your vases, wall collages, anything and everything that is not made of paper, take your Biokleen and dust it. Then move to your living room and dining rooms and repeat the process. If this takes you over 10 minutes, you are overdoing it. Or you live in a mansion.
Next move to the kitchen. Wipe down the countertops and scrub the sink with your brush. Confirm that your stove and refrigerator are wiped clean too. We have windows above our sink so I usually give them a good wipe before I leave to get the vacuum – or ask Mr. MVP to get the vacuum if he is home. The kitchen should take about five minutes.
Our floors are hardwood and ceramic tile so vacuuming is simple. If your floors are something more complicated I cannot help you. When I need to mop I simply use an old fashioned mop and dilute some Biokleen in a bucket of warm water. It’s amazingly straightforward. Vacuuming our floors – 1,800 square feet of floor and baseboards- takes about ten minutes.
To finish the quick clean all you need to do is take out the trash, put your cleaning cloths in the wash, your brushes in the dishwasher and store your Biokleen away until the next time someone wants to see your house.