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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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Some people keep lots of plants in their house. They add colour and a sense of comfort but too many plants cause clutter like everything else. Besides taking up valuable space, plants collect more dust than does furniture because they don’t get cleaned as frequently and their growth is often kept unchecked. Limit the number of healthy plants to one or two per area. Give the rest to your friends to plant-sit.
Entrances: repair damaged steps. It’s a matter of safety.
Garage: sweep the floor clean. Clean oil stains with a degreaser if necessary. Consider a fresh coat of sealer if it’s badly stained or the old paint is peeling off.
Paint your ceiling white. This will brighten any room. You can rent a power paint sprayer from a tool rental shop. It’s much quicker than a roller and it paints your ceiling more consistently.
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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