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Cleaning your house for sale goes well beyond dusting, mopping and vacuuming. You must clean it like you mean it. Consider the harsh reality: if something appears dirty or smells bad to you, it will be revolting in the buyers!

Focus on the rooms that potential buyers are most interested in – living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Look at each room as a potential buyer might and see what catches the eye first.

We have often said that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses… so give major attention to those areas.

Grimy bathroom walls are a major red flag to buyers. Mold and mildew are especially problematic in bathrooms. With all the publicity concerning the illnesses that mold can cause, prospective home buyers are more sensitive than ever about its presence.

Want an easy way to get rid of surface mold?  Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold disappear.

Buyers are nosey — after all they have a right to be — because they are about to part with hard earned cash to buy a home. The last thing they want to be faced with is dirty kitchen cupboards and carpets that are caked with dirt and dust. Remember they are trying to imagine themselves living in your property. Make sure it is pristine!

The 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!