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5 things to do before putting your home on the market

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK move house every year, whether it’s to have more space, downsize, or to relocate to start a new life. Whatever the situation, now may be the time to put your own property on the market. To increase your chances of a quick sale, here are five things you must do first.

Boost curb appeal

While a lot of your focus will be on sorting what’s on the inside of your home, many homeowners neglect the exterior. When buyers pull up outside, you want them to be excited about the viewing, rather than apprehensive. Boosting your property’s curb appeal can be achieved by mowing the front lawn, painting the front door, and adding potted plants. You can also increase home value with these 5 tips that will transform the exterior for the better.


If you’ve lived in your home for many years, there will inevitably be junk you’ve accumulated. Whether your closet is bursting at the seams, or you have old furniture collecting dust, now is the time to declutter. Before potential buyers step foot in your home, getting rid of clutter will allow buyers to focus on the actual property, rather than seeing piles of junk. Decluttering is no easy task, so it’s best to take things slow, otherwise you may become overwhelmed.

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Deep clean

Once you’ve gotten rid of old junk, your home should look more spacious and welcoming. However, there may be dirty floors, foul smells, and dusty surfaces to tackle. First impressions mean everything, so to get viewings off to a good start, it’s time to give your home a deep clean. This can include wiping down surfaces, cleaning toilets, and mopping floors. If you don’t have lots of time on your hands, it may be wise to call a professional to make sure your property is in pristine shape.


Many of us like to put our stamp on a property so we feel comfortable and relaxed. If you’re the type of homeowner who has photos of your loved ones on the wall, it may be best to put them away for viewings. This is because, when viewers come to check out your property, they will want to envisage themselves living there. No matter how proud you are of your family, hiding personal items while viewings take place is advised.

Hire a photographer

Before you find a realtor to sell your home, you need to take high-quality, professional photos that showcase your property in the best light. Should you go down the DIY route and use your smartphone, this could put homebuyers off. The photos you choose can be the difference between homebuyers coming to view and looking at other options. Therefore, hiring a professional photographer to capture your home in all its glory will create a great first impression. Your realtor should assist you with finding a photographer.

No matter the reason for your move, doing all the above will help get your home ready for viewings and potentially sway homebuyers into purchasing your property.


  1. These are really good ideas. It’s well worth doing the preparation beforehand.

  2. We are currently doing our house up to sell. These are some really good tips thanks.

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