or hung. • Pets — Store pet items out of sight during showings. See the following section on Pet Peeves for details on how to deal with pets while selling your home.
DEEP CLEANING: SPOTLESS IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
Deep Cleaning: Spotless Is the Name of the Game A thorough deep-cleaning of your home is vital. It helps people selling a car get more money for their vehicle, and it will work for you in selling your home. Once the clutter is gone, move on to cleaning each room. It makes sense to clean each room after you have removed the clutter. Tidy each room from top to bottom. Be meticulous, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. Home buyers will open cabinets, pantries, and closets to assess their storage opportunities.
GENERAL LIST OF TO-DOS:
• Clear the cobwebs from every corner of your home. • Dust ceiling fans and lighting fixtures. • Dust the blinds. • Wash the walls. This has to be done before repainting, so this will save you time later. • Clean all glass surfaces: mirrors, television screens, patio doors, and tables. • Polish all wooden surfaces. • Wipe down leather furniture. • Clean out and reorganize kitchen cabinets. Buyers will open them. • Attack all appliances with cleaning fervor. Make them shine! 59
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