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Cleaning and Decluttering Your Home before Selling

Part of the Selling Your Home For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Home buyers are looking for a place they can imagine themselves being happy and proud of. So, when you come to sell your home, your job is to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your home ‘communicating’ with the potential buyers.

Start by clearing your property of anything that isn’t absolutely essential to the functioning or the aesthetic attraction of a room. Clean out and tidy storage cupboards. Cull pictures, knick-knacks and junk.

Ask a friend with a discerning eye to help you be ruthless about decluttering your home for sale.

Then clean until the place sparkles from floor to ceiling. Rid every corner of grime, cobwebs, mildew, stains, animal hair and dust. Polish windows and mirrors until they gleam. Wipe out cupboards and drawers. Weed the garden, and sweep the front path.

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