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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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If you’re a collector, then pack away your collectibles and valuables.
Landscaping: service the water sprinkler system if required.
Some buyers get turned off by the slightest whiff of tobacco smoke. The smell is caused by the leftover resins and tars. Over time they condense into yellow ‘goo’ deposits. To get rid of the smell you have to get rid of the deposits.
Open all curtains and windows while it’s bright outside. Now observe minutely each room. Does it feel dark and cold? It may be fine if you’re used to living this way but buyers will be quick to cross your house off their list for lack of ‘coziness’.
Mistake #1: Comparing your house with other sold houses and assuming that yours is worth just as much. This is dangerous because it will reinforce the belief that you don’t have to do much in preparation. If you relax, you lose!
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