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Cleaning House

Cleaning your house for sale goes well beyond dusting, mopping and vacuuming. You must clean it like you mean it. You must minutely examine every square inch of your house and restore it to near-new condition. Consider the harsh reality: if something appears dirty or smells bad to you, it will be revolting in the buyers!

The good news is that, as you've decluttered your house, you will find cleaning not nearly as laborious. But just in case, you may want to stock up on your back-pain medicine.

An advantage of a well-cared-for house is that you're less likely to receive a low offer. When buyers can't find faults they focus less on how much money they can squeeze out of you and start thinking that the house is right for them.

If you don't have the time to clean then you should hire a professional. It's a smart investment.

For more examples, check out our advice and tips on replacing the carpets and floors and removing bad smells in your house.

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The other reason to de-personalize has to do with safety. Buyers rummaging through your house are strangers and it would be better if they don’t know who lives there, or have access to any other personal data.
Take the time to repair the little things in your house. Perhaps you’ve grown accustomed to these defects but they send all the wrong signals to your buyers.
Mildew thrives in moist areas such as around the tub, shower and sink, or as the result of a leak. In places with poor air circulation, such as basements, they can produce a strong musty odour. Besides the smell, some people are allergic to the spores. Any sign of mildew or mold is a big turn off.
Don’t overlook the dark wood paneling on walls in the basement. Patch holes and paint a nice warm neutral colour to remove the somberness. Your basement doesn’t have to look like a dungeon.
Showing: you’ve decluttered, repaired, cleaned, revitalized, and your house looks fabulous. Now you want to keep it that way while you’re trying to sell it. This is another challenge onto itself: to prevent the house from drifting back to ‘clutter-land’ after all your hard work. Create three to-do lists: weekly, daily, and showing.
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