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Home Seller Tips: "jiggle handle after flushing" is not a good sign!
Most sellers begin with a reluctance to do much to prepare for selling - if it costs money.    But sellers should reconsider because just because you lived with it does not mean a buyer will want to as well.

It is really pretty obvious when I take buyers in a home where the seller has skimped on preparation.   At a recent closing I told my buyer that her efforts to sell begin today.  On day one of ownership a house must be cared for as if it was being readied for the market.

There are lots of preparation items that do not cost a lot of money.  Cleanliness is key and does not require a lot of money.  Clutter can be addressed without a lot of expense.  De-personalizing the house by removing too many pictures, trophies and personal belongings.  These are inexpensive efforts to prepare a house.

And then there are some things that really don't require a ton of money.  

A sign taped on the toilet that says "jiggle the handle after flushing" or "hold the handle down when flushing" does not make the right impression.... I have seen both in homes for ... more

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