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A home that's clean sells faster

Summer is the most popular time to move, and according to the U.S. Department of Commerce statistical abstract of the United States, more than 4.4 million homes were sold in 1995.

If you are planning to sell, nothing says more to a prospective buyer than a clean, well-kept house.

"The cleanliness of a home is very important, it acts as the bearing to first impressions," said Frank Purner, an associate broker for Coldwell-Banker. "People will tend to pay more for a clean, well-maintained home."

Mary Fales, owner of The MAIDS, serving Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, says many times people are just too busy getting ready to sell their home that they don't have the time to give it a thorough cleaning.

"Showing you home can be very stressful," Fales said. "You want everything put away and spotless but there isn't always time when the Realtor calls."

The following are some helpful hints provided to maintain your home's beauty in between showings:

Polish all stainless steel fixtures with a drop of baby oil to make things sparkle.

Remove pet food and water from the area before showing your home.

Wipe fingerprints and grime off light switches and door knobs using an all-purpose cleaner.

Dust artificial flowers with a hairdryer.

Clean and polish the light fixtures in every room.

Place a welcome mat at the entry so dirt is stopped at the door.

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