How to prepare a house for sale

Before putting your property on the market, it is vital to spend some time preparing your house for viewings. Not only will this increase the likelihood of getting more offers but it might also help receive higher offers. If you want to prepare your property yourself, we have put together the essential to-do tasks you should consider doing before selling it.

Alternatively, if you prefer to leave these tasks to the professionals, our team at the Handy Squad will be able to help. We have a large team of tradesmen, from handymen and electricians to plumbers and decorators who can quickly prepare your house and/or flat before putting it on the market.

De-clutter and clean.

Clean windows.

Before opening your property for viewings, it is key to give the house a deep clean. The last thing you want is for potential buyers to get distracted by dusty surfaces and large stains on the floor. Whilst deep cleaning the property, you can get rid of any unwanted clutter or remove any unnecessary items that might be taking up the room.

De-personalise the space.

Modern and sleek interiors.

De-personalising a home is all about creating a neutral and impersonal space. This means removing personal items, family photos and similar belongings to allow homeowners to envision the space as their own. It also includes updating outdated furnishings or simply moving them around. This will also help buyers not feel like they are intruding in your space or being distracted by your belongings. Our London handyman can also help rearrange furniture or, for those looking to add more neutral furniture, assemble flatpack furniture.

Go neutral.

Neutral house colours.

Part of de-personalising is going neutral but it is much more than that. Neutral colour palettes will not only give your property a modern and sleek look but will also help potential buyers imagine the home decorated in their own way. Flamboyant wallpapers and bold paint colours might be more distracting and overwhelming. Our painters and decorators will be able to hang wallpaper as well as paint any surfaces that you might require, including painting doors, painting rooms and painting kitchen cabinets.

Get rid of bad house smells.

Spray and clean house.

Eliminate smells that can put off buyers, including pet smells, toilet smells and bin smells. At the same time, do not go overboard and make a space smell too overpowering. The key is to opt for subtle scents that make any space feel and smell fresh. In case your property has bad smells coming from the pipes, consider speaking to a professional plumber. Our plumbers can unblock baths, install sinks, replace water taps and more.

Tackle home repairs.

Kitchen repair and improvement.

Do you have holes in your halls left by picture frames? Are there cracks on the walls and ceilings? Perhaps your bathroom door needs replacing? Or maybe you want to swap your old light switches with modern, new ones? Our professionals will be able to help. Our electricians can replace light switches, our decorators can repair holes in walls, our carpenters can hang new doors and more. A little goes a long way, and tackling these small issues, means that your home will be in better condition for those viewing the house.

Enhance the curb appeal.

Curb appeal of a house.

Let’s be honest, first impressions count, even more so during a house viewing. Ensure that the entrance of your home looks as good as possible will leave a good impression on potential buyers. This means: painting the house exterior, pressure the driveway, replacing the light transformer on your exterior lights, and even giving a new lick of paint to your entrance stairs.