It sounds basic, but clean the house. Hair left in bathroom sinks, filthy carpets, and cat footprints on the countertops can make buyers turn tail. In the bathroom, put any items with an ick factor, like your toothbrush, in the medicine cabinet or linen closet, and take some bleach and a stiff brush to the tub or shower area until it sparkles.
A well-maintained bathroom can last almost a century, says Tony Giacalone, owner of Tony's Realty. But if it looks grimy and dirty, people are going to think they need a new bathroom. It needs to be mold- and mildew-free.
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