Preparing your home for sale

Preparing your house for sale is no easy feat. It is stressful and energy sapping but you can make the process as painless as possible by keeping your mind on that final goal – obtaining a great sale price for your property.

The following tips will help you achieve that objective.


Think like a buyer

It is important to ensure prospective buyers will be able to see your property as their potential home. This can be emotionally challenging but to make this as pain-free as possible, consider the following guidance:

  • Let go of your emotions – say goodbye to every room
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys
  • Remove your personal effects so the buyer can envisage their furniture and possessions in the space.


The exterior of the house and the front garden are the first thing potential purchasers will see when they arrive. It gives them an indication of the quality and presentation of the interior. Make sure the potential buyer wants to get out of their car to view inside your property by attending to the following items:

  • A clearly visible house number
  • Trim trees and bushes, mow lawns, remove weeds and present a clean landscape
  • Plant flowering annuals and shrubs in garden beds or in pots to add colour
  • Clean driveway, pathways, windows, fences, walls etc
  • De-clutter yard, garden shed, garage and any other buildings
  • Repair/replace/clean roof tiles
  • Paint walls, eaves, fences, window trims, gates, gutters & downpipes etc where required
  • Ensure the reticulation system is working
  • Remove any rubbish
  • Stage outdoor areas eg outdoor setting, lighting etc
  • Re-oil/paint decking
  • Ensure front door is inviting
  • Remove excess vehicles
  • Buy a new door mat
  • Apply fresh mulch to garden beds.


Now that you have got the potential buyer inside your house, particular attention should be paid to preparing the kitchen and bathroom(s) as these are the two key areas.  Their appearance can make or break a sale.

The appearance of the interior can be enhanced by undertaking the following activities:

  • Spruce up the kitchen by investing in new cabinet knobs, new curtains or a coat of
    neutral paint
  • Remove excess furniture
  • Make every surface shine, from ceiling fans to skirting boards
  • Organize all drawers and cupboards
  • Buy new linen, pillows and towels if necessary
  • Bring light into the house; purchase new bright light bulbs where required
  • Rearrange furniture to make rooms as large as possible
  • Repaint dingy, stained or strongly coloured walls with a neutral shade of paint
  • Clean windows, curtains, blinds, carpets, ceiling and extractor fans
  • Stage indoor areas eg use of throws, cushions, art, furniture to create “wow” factor
  • Install smoke detectors and Residual Current Devices (RCD) where necessary.


  • Declutter and clean the property inside and out
  • Make sure all fixtures (eg lights, tapware, lampshades) are working. Replace if necessary
  • Hide any evidence of pets like kennels, pet bowls etc
  • Remove personal items like family photos, religious artefacts and political, festive and sports paraphernalia
  • Undertake minor repairs eg leaking taps, loose boards, broken hinges etc
  • Remove excess pieces of furniture and/or smaller items eg books but leave enough in each room to indicate its purpose
  • Consider storing surplus items offsite
  • Consider having a garage sale to get rid of items that are surplus to requirements.