Preparing your home for sale

When you are looking to sell your home, it’s essential that you know what it takes to position your property as a must-have buy.

You want to ensure that when buyers see your home, they are able to see the property’s full potential. By helping potential buyers to picture how amazing the building could be, you not only will receive better offers, but you should also find that your home sells sooner.

First impressions are crucial in property sales, so it’s vital that when it comes to the presentation of your home, that the building is positioned to ‘wow’ potential buyers and ensure a quick and well-priced sale.

Wondering what it takes to prepare your home to sell? Have a read of the useful tips and ideas below!

Focus on kerb appeal

Make sure that you focus on both the internal and external areas of your home, and ensure that the kerb appeal of the property is there.

Studies have shown that buyers tend to form opinions on properties within the first 15 seconds of seeing the exterior, so it’s vital that the outside of your home is smart and well kept or you could lose a sale as a result. Don’t forget many purchasers undertake a ‘drive by’ prior to viewing.

De-clutter the exterior of your home. Remove weeds from the garden. Cut the lawn. Smarten up the exterior paintwork. Focus on adding colour through potted plants, hanging baskets and prettier borders.


The first step you should take is to declutter. To you, your home might seem cosy but to a potential buyer it may look cluttered. Clutter makes rooms look smaller, which is why it’s so essential that you take the time to declutter each room in your home.

While this is also a good opportunity for a clear out, you don’t have to throw everything away. Anything you know you will no longer use or don’t want, can be got rid of. However, anything that you still want but is making the room look cluttered, it’s best to put in storage until you move to your new home.

Smarten up the paintwork

Take a step back and try and look objectively at your home, and ask yourself: does it look smart enough? You may have become blind to the scratches in the paintwork and marks on the wall, but potential buyers will notice all of these little things, so it may be worth taking the time to smarten up the paintwork.

Freshen up the space

If a property has an odd smell, such as cigarette smoke or smells of dog, it will impact potential buyers’ first impressions, which is why you need to freshen up your home and ensure it smells pleasant as you walk in. The chances are that you have gone ‘nose blind’ to the smell of your home, so ask a friend or relative to pop in and have a sniff.

You can eradicate offensive smells by keeping fresh air running through the property by leaving the windows open for a couple of hours before a viewing. You can also utilise odour killers, scented candles, and incense sticks.

There you have it, a few useful tips for preparing your home for sale.