migrate to the dark corners of the garage. Use this opportunity to donate or discard. Other items like wall paint, extra tiles for the floor, and bicycles can be shelved or hung. • Pets — Pet items also need to be out of the way when a buyer comes by. See the section on Pet Peeves on how to deal with pets while selling your home.
3. DEEP CLEAN: SPOTLESS IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
Doing a thorough, deep cleaning of your home is vital. It works for people selling a car (they get more money), and it will work for you when selling your home. With the home depersonalized and de-cluttered, it might make sense to use a professional deep- cleaning residential service. Otherwise, with the clutter gone, move on to cleaning each room. Tidy each room from top to bottom. Be meticulous, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. Homebuyers 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 45
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