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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Maximising first impressions.

Exterior and Curb Appeal

  • Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight.

General Exterior

  • Prospective buyers will react well to signs your home has been meticulously maintained.
  • Landscaping - mow, edge and water lawn, trim hedges, weed and fertilise flowerbeds, and prune trees.
  • Keep the driveway clean and free of parked cars, and keep the garage door closed.
  • Repair or replace loose or damaged roof tiles if applicable.
  • Minimise cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstruction like toys.
  • Make sure that from the street, your property appears clean and clear.
  • Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the outside.
  • Repair any peeling paint on windows or other areas.
  • Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pest.
  • Pick up after your pets and neighbourhood animals.


  • While you are unlocking the property and turning off alarms, buyers have idle time to notice details.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  • Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway if weather permits.
  • Remove cobwebs and clean the doorway area windows, porch lights, or decorative glass.

Interior Appeal

  • Once inside, Experts say most buyers are reaffirming their first impressions from the outside.

Clean, Clear, Light and Bright

  • Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Hiring a cleaning service may pay for itself by adding to a buyer's perceived value of your home.
  • For a sleeker, more spacious look, consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in storage.
  • Clear kitchen counters or benches of everything other than perhaps a few pretty items. Ask yourself - In a model home, would a professional decorator put your choice of items out on the counter?
  • Remember, wardrobes and hall cupboards will be opened! Keep wardrobes, cupboards, and storage areas neat and tidy. Since you're anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing and storing unused belongings.
  • If necessary, repaint or clean or replace dingy, soiled or strongly coloured walls, and window and floor coverings with a light, neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colours help buyers envision their own furnishing and decor.
  • Repair dripping taps, burned out light globes, or cracked windowpanes.
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallpaper, and tiles.

Warm and Homey

  • Subtle Scents of potpourri in bedrooms or baths and fresh baked cookies or coffee in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
  • Keep an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.