Home buyers today have high expectations. If your house doesn’t live up to those expectations, they will move on quickly to the next one. This is something that you have to remember if you will be putting up the “House for Sale” sign in your front garden anytime soon.

If, for example, you have plans of selling your house in Bolton, here are some tips you should follow to prepare your home well for this important undertaking:

1.   Declutter and start packing

To make the rooms look more spacious and open, remove decor, toys, books, and other items that make these areas look cluttered. When you get rid of these items, interested buyers will have fewer distractions as they walk through your home. They will then have an easier time visualizing themselves living in your property.

However, don’t simply shove your clutter into closets since potential buyers tend to open closet doors and cabinets during viewing. Consider renting a temporary storage space to store these items to keep your closets tidy and organized.

Take the time to properly pack the items you just removed in boxes or storage containers as well. By doing so, you will have fewer things to pack and do before your actual move. 

2.    Make sure you have a great-looking floor

Nothing can turn off interested buyers faster than an unsightly floor. If your carpets are dirty, get them cleaned immediately.

Replace badly stained floor coverings with fresh, neutral-colored alternatives. To hide scratches and scuff marks on hardwood floors, use specialty stain pens to hide or cover them.

Lastly, check for any loose floorboards. Fix them (or have them repaired) immediately to prevent disruptive squeaks that can turn off potential buyers as well.

3.    Fix all damaged items

Aside from sprucing up your floor, make sure your home is free of defects that can easily discourage buyers. 

Prioritize the repair of major defects such as broken windows, a leaky roof, or a broken cooling and heating system. Next, move on to minor ones such as holes in the wall, cracked counter tiles, and doors and drawers that are not opening and closing properly.

4.    Deep clean your house

When preparing to sell your house, you have to go beyond your weekly cleaning routine. This is because interested buyers want to see a really clean home – one that is truly spotless.

Deep cleaning your home means shampooing the carpets, washing the windows, cleaning tile grout, and dusting all surfaces. Make sure the wall and fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms are clean as well. Remove all dirt rings and mould patches on walls and floors, too.

5.    Empty and clean the garage

If you have a garage, potential buyers will want to see it as well. As such, don’t use it as a temporary storage area.

Remove all items that are not car-related from the garage. These include old magazines and newspapers, cleaning supplies, etc. Organize the space and wash the floor so that buyers can see the potential of this multipurpose section of your home.

6.    Light up your house

Good lighting plays an important role in making a home more sellable. Start by removing heavy drapery and opening the curtains to let the sunshine in. If there are branches and shrubbery near or around windows, prune them so that more natural light can freely enter your home.

Don’t forget to replace burned-out bulbs to create the impression of a bright, warm home.

7.    Improve your property’s curb appeal

Your front yard is the first thing the potential buyers see. As such, you have to ensure that your home feels welcoming to visitors as soon as they arrive. This means having a clean and appealing front outdoor space.

Wash your driveway and sidewalks, clean all outdoor light fixtures and furniture, and paint the fence if it looks old and is already chipping. Trim the grass and bushes as well. You can also place some potted plants with colorful flowers to catch the eye of potential buyers.

Don’t forget to place a clean welcome mat to make your home seem friendlier to guests, too.

To ensure all your efforts in preparing your house for sale don’t go to waste, get help from a trusted property agency to market and sell your home. With their help, you will have a less stressful time during the actual home selling process.


Sally Jones is a Director and Co-Founder of The Purple Property Shop, an award-winning estate agent serving Bolton, Bury and the surrounding areas of North West England. The Purple Property Shop was founded in 2010 and quickly grew to become one of Bolton’s leading estate agents, specializing in residential property sales, property lettings and management.