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Don't Forget the Interior

When you get the buyers into the house, it is very important to make their visit as pleasant as possible. That means having the whole house ready. You want them to be as comfortable as possible, and to linger in the home. Every room in your home should be spotless, especially the living room, kitchen and bathroom. Any "turn off" will send them quickly to the next house on their list!

Start with a good cleaning and make every surface shine, from windows to floors. Don't forget ceiling fans and baseboards. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.

Try to eliminate all clutter as clutter can cost a sale. Organize all closets and drawers because buyers might look there. Ask family or friends if you can borrow some space in their garage, than pack and eliminate some of your belongings from the house.

Make any necessary repairs so that buyers don't have to add that to their list. Add a fresh coat of paint if needed.

Depersonalize each room, removing photo frames and posters or personal artwork.

Remove all your pets' ancillary items, such as food bowls and litter boxes. Make sure your house does not have any unpleasant odors. Keep in mind that bacteria are often the cause of unpleasant odors and no amount of air fresheners or potpourri will solve your problem. So the best way is to clean everything to get rid of the bacteria, than store the items in the box and out of the way.

Try to rearrange furniture to make rooms appear as large as possible. Rent a storage unit or portable pod if needed for larger pieces of furniture or knickknacks.

Tidy up the garage. Throw away any obvious junk that is lying around that you never use. Buy plastic containers and extra shelving if needed and as you go through all of your stuff, try to organize it into major categories like tools, pet supplies, ornaments, collectibles, etc. The more things that you can place together in related groups, the easier it will be to organize and see what you want to keep, what you have in duplicate, and what you no longer want or need.

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