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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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Excess: pack overstocked and off-season items. If you’re selling your house in the summer then put away winter wear and sporting gear. Try to return excess to the store you bought it from; they might take it back.
Entrances: tighten all door hardware.
Pets: thoroughly clean the corner where your pet sleeps.
Master Bedroom: try different positions for the bed; for example, when you have a square room, angle it 45° against the corner. If the room is large, perhaps the bed should float as opposed to being up against the wall. Experiment to your liking.
Mistake #6: Expecting the buyers to use their imaginations to see past your clutter. That’s a no-no. When a house is overflowing with everyday stuff it looks small and cramped. Remember, people buy space in real estate and there does not appear to be a lot of space in a cluttered house.
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