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Clear away clutter
Clear away clutter

Ridding your home of clutter is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the bones of the house, not the titles in your CD collection.

"This is the hardest thing for most people to do because they are emotionally attached to everything in the house," Page says.

"After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home, even if you do not realize it. Clutter collects on shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, garages, attics and basements," she says.

Radice recommends removing items from countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.

"If you have kids, get rid of the toys all around the house. For all you know, the buyers could be empty nesters," Radice says.

She suggests putting things in boxes and neatly stacking them in the corner of the garage. Anything extra should go in a small, rented storage unit.

Even better, ask a friend or relative to hang onto your items for free.

"Pack up 90 percent of your home," Radice says.

The cost: The price of a storage unit varies (around $45 a month for a 5-foot-by-5-foot unit).

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