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  • Writer's pictureGiana Pedrazza

Preparing your home for sale

Updated: Feb 23

Here are some helpful tips for preparing your home for sale. First, declutter and depersonalize the space to allow potential buyers to envision themselves living there. Consider small upgrades like fresh paint or new fixtures to enhance the overall appeal. It's also important to clean thoroughly, focusing on key areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. Additionally, don't forget about curb appeal - sprucing up the exterior can make a big difference in attracting buyers. Lastly, consider staging your home to showcase its full potential. Following these tips can help you prepare your home for a successful sale.


Preparing your home for sale #1 Declutter

  • Start by removing everything you haven’t used or won’t need for a while.

  • Consider hiring a storage unit* so you can remove surplus furniture and other items away from the house, or store items in cartons neatly in the garage.

  • Remember to declutter cupboards too – buyers will check storage during open homes. Tidy, organised cupboards imply that the rest of the house is well looked after. This is true of kitchen cupboards and drawers and the pantry too.

  • Use decluttering as an opportunity to sell or throw out items you don’t want to move to your next home.

  • Remove or replace chattels that you don’t want to sell before the first open



Home ready for sale
Home ready for sale

Preparing your home for sale #2 Deep clean

  • When your home is free of clutter and surplus furniture, it’s a good time for a deep clean.

  • Clean everything, everywhere.

  • Think about hiring a professional cleaning team to do this for you if you’re short of time.

  • Consider having the carpets professionally cleaned – this can make a big difference.

  • When the deep clean has been done, it will be easier to clean before each open home or showing.

Preparing your home for sale #3 Renovation

  • Think carefully about major renovations. You may not get your money back if you

  • Most experts agree there are low-cost activities like decluttering, cleaning, and touch-ups

  • Street appeal is important. Make sure the section is tidy and inviting.


Preparing your home for sale #4 Street Appeal

  • The house exterior and garden should be tidy and inviting – first impressions are

  • Keep lawns mowed, paths swept and free of moss and gardens weeded. Mulching the garden can be an instant improvement and will help manage weeds while your home is on the market.

  • Check that fences are in good condition and declutter the section.

  • Wash the house and any other buildings, including all windows.

  • Check that the front gate is clean, tidy and working well.

  • The letterbox should be clean and in good condition with clear numbering.

  • Have a look at your front door and consider a fresh coat of paint and a new doormat. Depending on the time of year, you may want to add a pot plant for colour.


Home ready for sale
Home ready for sale

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