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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.
Make sure carpets are neither loose nor curling. Hire a professional.
Pets: thoroughly clean the corner where your pet sleeps.
Family/Living Room: try different seating arrangements. They don’t need to be flush against the walls nor do they need to be squared. Place them at an angle or move them a few inches from the wall to give your room the appearance of depth.
Mistake #4: Believing that you have excellent taste and that everyone sees your house the way you do. Wrong! We all see things differently. De-personalize, neutralize paint colours, and display tamed artworks that appeal to a wider audience.
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