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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Sell Your House for the Highest Price Possible

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Soap and water are cheap. The cost to get your house ready to sell will come in terms of time and elbow grease. Your home should be so clean that a Marine sergeant inspecting it with a white glove could not find a single speck.


Clean every window inside and out, including the tracks, sills and jambs.


No matter how old or worn, have the carpets cleaned by a professional. Clean, wax, polish or do whatever is necessary to make your hard floor surfaces glisten. Scrub the corners even if you're sure no one will ever look there.



Dust and polish until there is not a speck of dust anywhere. Vacuum all upholstered furniture. If you have so much furniture that your rooms appear crowded, move some of it out. Stand back and look at each room through the eyes of a stranger. Rearrange things to give a more pleasing visual impression.


When you show your home, make sure it's a pleasant experience. Put out a plate of cookies and fresh flowers, and make sure something that smells good is cooking in the kitchen. Try a pan of simmering spices on the back burner.

It's been said that you only get one chance to make a good impression. Never were truer words spoken than when you're getting ready to sell your house.

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary a Question." This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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