Clean homes make quick sales

Smart Moves: Clear out clutter before putting your house on the market.

BY ELLEN JAMES MARTIN Published: May 26, 2012

A couple of middle-aged engineers are going through a crisis — the husband recently had a stroke, and his rehabilitation process is costly. The wife feels overwhelmed by her struggle to cope with her husband’s illness while still keeping her job. To pay medical bills, the pair’s lakeside contemporary house must soon go on the market.

But there’s one big...

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