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GETTING YOUR House ready for Sale or rental.


We are often asked by clients, what needs to be done to get the property ready for sale.

The level of what is required will differ from property to property, but below is a general guide to what we feel is right to set the property up in order to achieve the best possible price.


In our experience the higher quality home in good immaculate order will attract the most buyers and will also achieve the higher price. New Homes developers spend significant amounts of money on presentation for the show home, dressing the property up to a high level. If you have the benefit of looking at a show home then it cant fail to impress. Its not that easy with a home where you have two young children, a dog and general family living, but its worth doing some things to improve your chances.


First impressions count so the following are some pointers that will help;


Firstly consider the outside, as this is the first thing a potential buyer will see and also remember some applicants will just carry out a drive by viewing and the outside will create their initial impression.

Consider if looking from a third party’s viewpoint;

Does the front of your house need smartening up?

Could he front garden be tidier? Cut the lawns and neaten borders.

Would the front door look better with a fresh lick of paint?

Could the windows do with a clean?

Too many cars and vehicles on the driveway?


Then think about the inside;

Keep it clean and tidy. De-clutter and use sensible storage, potential buyers will want to visualise how they can fill the space.

Undertake any minor repairs to avoid any negatives.

If you want to re-decorate go for neutral tones, which will appeal to a wider audience

Make your house comfortable, cool on sunny days and warm in the winter.

Remove smoke or pet odours, open the windows and add finishing touches such as fresh flowers to brighten the place up.

Bring out the best features such as fireplaces and use mirrors to crate the sense of space.

Clear worktops where you can.

Keep the beds made, clothes away and washing lines empty.


Speak to your agent and ask their opinion on what they think, they will see the property as a third party with a critical eye.


Any further advice contact David Edwards MRICS at John Smale & Co, 01271342000 or [email protected]


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