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Smart Moves: Tips for a fast-selling home

A real estate expert urges would-be sellers to streamline their belongings before opening their home to visitors.
Oklahoman Published: March 8, 2014

“Leaving all this stuff out in view, or crowding your closets, will simply distract buyers and lead them to think your place is smaller than it is,” said Sid Davis, a real estate broker and author of “Home Makeovers that Sell.”

To streamline your property and reduce clutter, one option is to pack your prized collections into uniform-sized boxes, stacking these neatly in your garage. But according to Davis, you’d be better off keeping these boxes in a rented storage unit until your home sells.

Hire a top-quality cleaning service.

Have you done very little in-depth cleaning of your home recently? If so, you may wish to invest in what Davis calls “a super-duper cleaning.”

“Before your house hits the market, you need to get rid of all those dust balls, cobwebs and dead insects. Plus you’ll want your windows and chandeliers to receive all the careful attention they deserve. Either you do every bit of this work yourself or bring in a professional cleaning service,” he said.

Though it could cost a couple hundred dollars, one day’s worth of professional cleaning could spare you the need to repeat the process for another 60 to 90 days.

“Remember that even buyers who are slobs will only buy a clean house,” Davis said.

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