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  • Writer's pictureJacqueline Gorman

Top Tips To Sell Your Home

We are often asked "what can I do to help me sell my home?" so please see below some suggestions which have often been successful in securing a sale.

First Impressions Count

  • Kerb appeal creates a lasting first impression – most buyers make up their minds in the first few minutes of arriving at a property

  • If you have front garden ensure that it is tidy. Maybe do a dump run if necessary

  • Cut grass and tidy plants

  • Tidy up the back garden too. Cut bushes back, 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

Fix and Clean

  • Clean, clean, clean everything until it sparkles

  • Have windows cleaned thoroughly inside and out

  • Clean and regrout showers and bathroom floor / wall tiles

  • Clean/ dust light fixtures

  • Install a new shower curtain, rod and hooks and maybe bath mats if needed

  • 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

Make it look Pretty

  • Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones (e.g. from Ikea) if necessary

  • Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter


  • Remove most personal effects such fridge art (eg magnets, post-it notes) to make it easier for potential buyers to visualise themselves in your space.


  • Less is more. Remove enough so that there is some empty space on shelves, in cupboards, and in closets. Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and knick knacks

A Fresh Lick of Paint

  • Giving your walls a fresh lick of neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger

  • It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs

  • It will be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright pink or even black

Make your Home look Light & Airy

  • Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways

  • Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive

  • Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners

  • Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow

The Right Smell

  • Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets

  • If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it

  • Conversely, good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home

If Possible Update the Kitchen if Needed

  • 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

  • Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often as effective

  • Upgrading kitchen countertops is expensive, but can add serious value

  • Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky appliances

  • Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value


  • If there are any obvious conversions – adapting the garage into extra rooms, or going up into the loft – and you have some spare cash, why not take advantage of this cash cow rather than letting the new owners make easy money out of improvements.

  • Significant home improvements are expensive, so it’s important to consider how your plans will add value to your home. Our recent research with the Federation of Master Builders and estate agents from the Guild of Property Professionals has identified 10 home improvements that also add value to your home.

  • If you don’t have enough spare cash to make the conversion, consider getting planning permission anyway


  • Its worth considering a storage unit temporarily if you want to make the most of the size of the property.

Please find links below with more advice.

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