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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.
Be mindful of turning a repair job into renovation job. While renovations help to increase the value of your house, in most cases, however, you will not be able to recoup the associated costs.
Mildew thrives in moist areas such as around the tub, shower and sink, or as the result of a leak. In places with poor air circulation, such as basements, they can produce a strong musty odour. Besides the smell, some people are allergic to the spores. Any sign of mildew or mold is a big turn off.
In as little as a few hours you can brighten just about any room with a new coat of paint. It is also one of the most cost-effective updates you can do. When the house is clean and the walls are freshly painted, your buyers will feel that they can move in and start enjoying your house right away.
Mistake #9: Not recognizing your house odors. You may be immune to the smell of pets, tobacco, mildew and cooking, but not your buyers. You must neutralize the smells even if it means replacing the carpets and painting the walls.
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