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Ways to prepare your home for sale

When it comes to selling your home, you'll want to make sure it's sold for the best possible price. Making a good impression on potential buyers and maximising the value of your home requires a good deal of preparation. But your effort is sure to pay off, and could potentially add thousands of pounds to your home's selling price.

To help you out, here's a list of tips for preparing your home for sale:

Be the buyer

Imagine yourself as a potential buyer of your home. Walk around your house, room by room, making notes on things that stand out (for the wrong reasons) like a door handle that needs repairing, sealant that needs replacing, for instance. Carrying out these small jobs will help you make a good first impression on buyers.


The family photos you have scattered around the house are invaluable to you; however, they can make it difficult for potential buyers to envision living in your home. So, it's best to take them down for viewings.

The same goes for any outlandish furnishings you have in your home that may distract potential buyers. For instance, you might want to buy a plain cover for that leopard print armchair in your living room.


Take this opportunity to have a good clear out, tidy away the mounting pile of shoes in the porch, clear out those stacks of old magazines and newspapers, and pack away rarely used appliances in the kitchen. Your potential buyers need to see the space to appreciate it; don't distract them with your clutter.

Deep clean

Mop, duster and hoover at the ready it's time for a deep clean! Tackle each room, working from top to bottom, left to right, to make sure no nook or cranny is overlooked. Cleaning your home to a professional standard will show potential buyers that it's been well looked after.

Maximise your storage space

Ample storage space is a top priority for many potential buyers, who are likely to take a peep into your wardrobes and cupboards to see if there's enough room for their belongings. If your cupboards are filled to the brim and overflowing, buyers might be concerned that there's not enough space – so get organised.

Go neutral

You may be a fan of statement walls, but they could end up putting potential buyers off when they view your home. So, if you've got the time, pick up a paint brush and repaint any bright walls a less–distracting, neutral colour.

Be wary of smells

Cooking a fish supper the night before a viewing could be a bad idea. Strong smells linger in your home, and can be enough to put someone off the moment they walk through your door. On the other hand, baking bread or other sweet treats can actually help to make your home feel warm and inviting. If you're not skilled in the kitchen, some scented candles should do the trick.

Let the light in

When there are viewings, make sure the curtains are drawn back to allow natural light to pour in and brighten up each room. If it's a hot day, open the windows so fresh air can fill the space. Or, if it's a cold, dark evening, light your fire to make your home feel cosy and welcoming.

Use greenery

Placing some plotted plants or freshly cut flowers around your home will make it look good and smell great. Place them strategically and use them to fill empty spaces, jazz up dull surfaces, or to accentuate certain features within your home, such as bay windows.

Don't neglect the outdoors

The first thing potential buyers see when they come to view your home is the outside, so you need to make sure that it's well-presented. Weed your flower beds, trim back bushes and shrubs, and put some fresh flowers in the hanging basket. Potting some fresh plants along the border of the path can also make the world of difference.

Home insurance with Hastings Direct

A little love and attention is all that's needed to sell your home quickly, and for the best possible price.

When you eventually move to a new home, make sure that getting insurance is at the top of your to–do list. Hastings Direct offers a range of competitively priced home insurance policies to suit all needs so when you're ready, get a quote online or call us on 0333 321 9829.

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