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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. But when this isn't possible, choose a corner in the basement or crawlspace and stack packed items away neatly. Do not use the garage or the spare bedroom as a storage area. They provide more value when you exhibit them as living space.
Landscaping: weed out your lawn and re-seed damaged spots.
Some buyers get turned off by the slightest whiff of tobacco smoke. The smell is caused by the leftover resins and tars. Over time they condense into yellow ‘goo’ deposits. To get rid of the smell you have to get rid of the deposits.
Family/Living Room: define your focal point. Be it the fireplace, a bay window open up to a beautiful view, or a ‘built-ins’ wall. Re-arrange your furniture so that your eyes naturally gravitate towards the focal point. Decorate and furnish around it sparingly. There should not be anything blocking your focal point.
Be prepared to spend a few hours each week maintaining your house while you’re selling it. It doesn’t have to be done on the weekend. In fact, you should stagger the tasks. That way your house isn’t it its worst shape on the Friday before the weekend showing. Share the workload with other family members.
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