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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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Do your rooms have identity crises? In making your house a home, you may have overloaded a room to suit a purpose it wasn’t intended for; for example, your family room also serves as a music room; the living room is doubling up as an exercise room; perhaps your dining room has been transformed into an office. Instead of shuffling furniture from one area of the house to another, you should consider putting these items away until your house is sold. When this isn’t realistic, perhaps your basement can be partitioned to host some of the secondary functions such as sewing, exercising, playing music, etc.
Bathrooms: re-glaze or install acrylic liners when the shower or tub is old. When they come in outdated harvest yellow or avocado green you definitely need to do something about it. This is a job best left for the professional.
Mildew and mold: use mildew remover on the tub rim and between tiles.
Children's Bedrooms: de-personalize and declutter the walls. Take down posters, achievement certificates, and any calendar. One or two craft items hung on the wall are acceptable.
Mistake #10: Not paying attention to your house’s curb appeal. You’ve been living inside the box. Go outside and observe your house critically. When the exterior paint is peeling or the yard is left unkempt your buyers will develop a bad after-taste. Once you’ve made a bad impression, it’s hard to recover.
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