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How to Prepare Your House for Sale

Blog by Claire LeLacheur | January 18th, 2016

How To Prepare Your House For Sale


If you’re ready to sell your home, resist the temptation to put it up for sale without any prior preparation. A few small changes go a long way, as prospective buyers will likely want to see your house in ‘showcase’ condition. You’ll inevitably want to get the best price for your house, so minor touch ups can really make the difference between a ‘maybe’ and a ‘yes’. Here are our finest tips on how to prepare your house for sale and the small things you should look out for that can make all the difference.


1) Pretend You’re The Buyer

The first step in preparing your house for sale is to walk through your house and pretend you’re the buyer. Look around your home like it’s the first time and pay attention to the things that a potential buyer may look for. This is a good way to identify areas that may need fixing up or changing slightly so that your house looks its best.


2) Fix-Up And Repair

Small fixes like swapping light bulbs, fixing broken hinges and replacing damaged blinds can make a huge difference to the overall feel of the room. If your sofa looks out-dated, consider buying a new throw to place over the top, or if your bathroom is looking a bit tired, give it a lick of paint for a new, fresh feel.


3) Clean

You only get one chance to make a good first impression, which is why it’s essential to make your home spotless before any viewings. Dirty floors, unwashed laundry and clutter can give your house a completely different vibe, and attract attention away from the things you want your buyers to focus on.


4) Organize

Storage space is a huge asset in any house, so expect buyers to look in your closets, kitchen cabinets and loft storage. Keep your storage spots clean and organized to make them look bigger and more desirable.


5) Repaint

You want your buyers to see the huge potential that’s in your property. While you may adore the dramatic paint in your living room, this may be off-putting for buyers as they may struggle to see behind it and envisage themselves in the house. Consider repainting your rooms with neutral colours to draw the focus away from the wall colour, and towards things like the size of the rooms and natural lighting.


6) Highlight

When selling your house, it’s important to spark your buyer’s imagination and highlight the key points in your house. If you have a lovely armchair by the fire, place a magazine and a cosy throw nearby and mention how you love curling up by the fire on a winter’s evening. If you have a balcony, make sure it’s visible to buyers and place a chair outside so they can imagine themselves sitting with a cup of coffee in a morning. Highlight the focal points to make your house look and sound more appealing to prospective buyers.


First impressions are incredibly important, so these small fixes can go a long way when it comes to selling your house.

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