Is your house ready to sell?

Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020 - 21:34

There may come a time when you want to sell your house. It could be that you need a bigger place for your family, or that you are downsizing. Maybe you just want to live in a different area because your job has changed, there are better schools there, you can be closer to family, or you just always wanted to live there. 

Your reasons for moving won’t make a difference when it comes to how quickly your home sells. It may take some time for the right buyer to come along, and until they do, it can feel frustrating because you want to move on with your life. So it makes sense to do as much as you can to make your house ready to sell. That way, viewers will be more likely to want to buy. Here are some tips to look out for. 


Everyone accumulates belongings and ‘stuff’ as they go about their lives. Some of it is useful, and some will remind you of good times. However, other ‘stuff’ is just not needed and really can be disposed of. Before you put your house on the market, it’s a good idea to declutter it of these items that you no longer want or need. 

When you declutter, you can place the objects into three piles. One is to be thrown away, one is to sell (alternatively, you could take to a charity shop), and another is to keep. The keep pile can be packed into boxes and stored elsewhere (after all, when you move, this is something that will need to be done so you can get a head start). 

When you are finished, your home will look smarter and clearer, and potential buyers will be able to imagine their own furniture and belongings in there much more easily. 

The Garden 

Even if the house is immaculate, you could find that if the garden is a mess, it can put off buyers. Take some time to tidy it. You don’t have to be a great gardener to do this – just putting up weeds and jet washing your patio as well as mowing the lawn can be enough. 

Of course, if you have any major issues that are going to be an issue when it comes to selling your home, you will need to deal with them straight away. Japanese knotweed is just such an issue, and if you find it in your garden, you can use a knotweed root barrier to rid yourself of it. However, it is always best that you talk to experts on the matter first, so make sure to get in contact with a reliable company first to see how they can help you!

Complete The Small Jobs 

No matter what kind of property you live in, there will always be small jobs to do that you might have been putting off for a while. Repainting a scratched wall, fixing a dripping tap, re-hanging a loose kitchen cupboard door, and so on, are all minor jobs on their own, but they are jobs that might dissuade a buyer from putting in an offer. Either they will just not be impressed with the house because of what needs to be done, or they might think there is more work to do that they just can’t see. 

By completing these little jobs before your home goes on the market, you can make a much better first impression, meaning that those who come to view won’t be so worried about putting in an offer. 

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