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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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The other reason to de-personalize has to do with safety. Buyers rummaging through your house are strangers and it would be better if they don’t know who lives there, or have access to any other personal data.
Garage: patch up walls and concrete flooring as needed.
Living Room/Family Room/Great Room: move the furniture and clean the flooring underneath, be it sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping.
Entrance/foyer: from this vantage point your buyers get to see and smell the inside of your house for the first time. You want to send the message the house has been prepared just for them. It sets the mood of the rest of the tour.
Mistake #7: Hoping the buyers will not notice defects or shoddy repairs. They will. Most will walk away. The remaining few will offer you a low-ball price.
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