Pack up and store away from sight as many household items as possible. This gives you a clearer view of what needs to be cleaned and makes the task less overwhelming.
Keep it simple.
Make a list and stick to it. Finish each task in order and don’t cut corners to save time. Start with the kitchen—it’s one of any home’s busiest areas, and it’s one that buyers are going to look at first.
If you’re cleaning yourself, make sure to clean room by room until your home is up to the standards expected by prospective buyers. If you choose to contract out your cleaning, make sure to communicate your expectations clearly.
Practice clean living.
Once your home is cleaned to the market standard of a home for sale, maintain that cleanliness until your house sells. Get into the habit of doing dishes immediately, wiping up spills when they happen and keeping to a strict routine of sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. Even if you don’t have time to run home and tidy up, your home should be presentable and appealing for a buyer on an impromptu walk-through.