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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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After you've packed, try to store them offsite. This is especially true if you live in a condo where space is at a premium. So rent a commercial storage unit or ask a favour of close friends. They’ll help you out if they know the arrangement is temporary.
Kitchen: check the operation of the under-cupboard hood fan. Replace any dirty or greasy filters. Buyers will look.
Bathrooms: clean the inside of the cabinets. Put in liners or paint if the shelves or drawer bottoms look aged. Clean the cabinet fronts.
Basement: ensure all light fixtures are working because you will turn them all on during a showing to brighten your space.
Showing: download the weekly to-do list from our website.
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