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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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Put away heirlooms that your buyers may mistake as permanent fixtures; for example, the nice ceiling chandelier or the wall sconce that have been in your family for generations. Swap it for something else that goes well with the other fixtures in the house. This will prevent any haggling later.
Do not conceal problem areas in your house. This is unethical! Home buyers are savvy and if they see through your tactic you can be assured any potential deal is dead. Even if you manage to get past the buyer, it’s not likely you can fool their home inspector. The money spent fixing and upgrading will hopefully increase the value of your home to offset the repair costs.
Clean the area around your fireplace and then the fireplace itself.
Home Office: start with the desk. It’s your focal point. The desk top should be clean and free of clutter.
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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