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Banish all signs of yourself. Clear off the counters, empty the closets, and take down family photos—anything that does not help the prospective buyer visualize how he or she might one day use the space. Even stuff you think doesn't matter might actually make a difference. For instance, in the garbage area outdoors, are the cans overflowing with trash bags? A visitor might perceive that sort of thing as a sign of neglect. Let buyers know that your home and yard are well-cared-for by cleaning up the property on a regular basis, especially when a listing appointment is on the schedule.
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