Preparing for sale

With lockdown number 2 over, now is a good time prepare your property for sale. We have put together a simple guide to get your home in a more sellable state.

Now is the perfect time to start doing those little jobs on the house that you’ve been putting off.

Making the effort to prepare your property for sale may even add to its value.

Remember that first impressions count, so the way you present your home for viewings is critical to a successful sale.


Buyers can often struggle to see past furniture and personal items, and these can make rooms look small. No doubt working from home has highlighted this for you too. There’s nothing like a lockdown situation to make you realise just how much stuff you have!

Potential buyers need to be able to imagine what the property would look like if they were living there. This can be difficult if rooms are crammed with furniture and belongings are piled up. Try to make it easy for them to appreciate the living space you have, without depersonalising it – they don’t want to move into a hotel. You might even consider putting some of your belongings into storage ahead of viewings taking place.

Clean your windows and think about changing any heavy curtains or window coverings as potential buyers are generally attracted to light and airy properties.

It’s worth remembering that people are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle. For example, if you have patio doors opening out onto your decking or conservatory, don’t block them with sofas or cupboards. If your kitchen is a feature, make sure it looks outstanding.

DIY jobs

With all shops and services open again it’s easier to get your house and garden looking appealing. Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this.

Buyers will often drive past a property before booking a viewing so make sure you tidy up the garden or driveway and cut back any overgrown shrubs so that the exterior looks its best. Clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden.


The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure. While you may not be in a position right now to completely overhaul your cabinets and counter tops, start to declutter the surfaces. Clear your cupboards and find space for the plethora of gadgets, appliances, cookery books and utensil holders that we all inevitably gather over time.

Maximise your rooms

If your house is going to be marketed as having three bedrooms, then make sure each of these rooms is set up as a bedroom. Make sure that when viewers come around, you’re ready. Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways.

Don’t forget, if you need help with anything, don’t hesitate to contact one of our negotiators to talk through any ideas about presenting your property in its best light.

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