Get your house ready for sale

Preparing your house for sale can significantly enhance its appeal to potential buyers and potentially increase its value.

   Here's 10 AskJoAnna Top Tips.

Declutter and depersonalise

You may not need to go full Marie Kondo style, but try to remove any unnecessary clutter and personal items from your home. This will help buyers envision themselves living in the space and make it feel more spacious and inviting.

Clean and tidy

Give your house a thorough cleaning, paying attention to all areas, including carpets, windows, and bathrooms. A clean and well-maintained property is hugely attractive to most of us.


Make necessary repairs

Fix any visible issues such as leaking taps, broken tiles, or damaged walls. Buyers are generally discouraged by the prospect of having to invest in repairs, and could get suspicious about potential hidden repairs.

First impressions matter

Spruce up the exterior of your house. Ensure the front garden is well-maintained, the front door is clean and freshly painted, and the pathway is clear.

 Neutralise decor

Consider repainting bold or personalised rooms with neutral colours. Neutral tones can make spaces appear larger and appeal to a broader range of buyers.


Maximize natural light

Open curtains and blinds to allow natural light to fill the rooms. Well-lit spaces often feel more welcoming and spacious.


Highlight key features 

Emphasize the unique selling points of your property. If you have attractive architectural features, such as fireplaces or exposed beams, ensure they are visible and well-presented.

Stage your home

Arrange furniture in a way that showcases the functionality and flow of each room. Add tasteful decorations and artwork to create an inviting atmosphere. If you have the budget, hire someone to do this for you. It is big practice in America to hire professional stagers (perhaps you may have watched Selling Sunset!)

Get organised with your key documents

Gather together relevant documents, such as energy performance certificates, building regulations certificates, and guarantees for any work carried out. Having these readily available can streamline the selling process and keep your buyer well informed.

Get creative with your photos

Try to be around when the photographer attends to take photos and don't hold back giving direction on the photos you want taken. The more photos the better because this will get a potential buyer excited before they've even viewed the property.