Circa London on how to prepare your property for sale

Published: 02/09/2022

Making your property stand out in a crowded market can be challenging, especially with so many other homes competing for the attention of potential buyers. Even if your property boasts a great location, fantastic transport links, spacious rooms, and outdoor spaces, it may not sell as quickly as you’d like or for the highest price if it’s not presented in the best light.

To help your property reach its full potential, we’ve compiled a list of tips to get it in tip-top condition. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Make a great first impression: Nine out of ten prospective buyers make their minds up about a property within five minutes of entering it. So, it’s crucial to make a great first impression. View your property through the eyes of a potential buyer and ask yourself if it looks cozy or cluttered, stuffy or airy, or soulless and stark.
  2. Enhance the ‘kerb appeal’: The entrance to your property is the first thing buyers will see, so make sure it’s inviting. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint, add a new doormat, and tidy up the front garden.
  3. Create a warm and inviting entrance hall: It is the first space buyers will see inside your home, so making it feel warm and inviting is important. Declutter, define the rooms and consider hanging a mirror or two to give the illusion of more space.
  4. Give the kitchen a facelift: The kitchen is often the most significant selling point for a property, so make sure it looks its best. Clear the worktops, avoid cooking strong-smelling food before a viewing, and brew fresh coffee and bake bread.
  5. Transform the bathroom into a spa-like space: A tidy, luxurious-looking bathroom can be the icing for potential buyers. Display clean, neatly folded towels, tidy up any bottles or creams, and make sure the bathroom smells inviting.
  6. Make the bedrooms look welcoming: Walking into a bedroom that was only just vacated can be off-putting for buyers. Open the windows to freshen it up and use a throw to quickly disguise any crumpled bed linen.
  7. Hideaway furry friends and children’s toys: Pets and children can distract buyers, so it’s best to arrange for them to be away during viewings.
  8. Give the property a deep clean: A deep clean can do wonders for the appearance of your home. Don’t forget to clean the windows to let in as much natural light as possible.
  9. Add life with plants and flowers: Adding fresh flowers and plants to your property can make it feel like a home and purify the air. Place a vase of freshly picked flowers on the table, and consider adding some window boxes to bring the outside in.
  10. Add ambiance with lighting: Proper lighting can make all the difference, especially during evening viewings. Consider a few well-placed table lamps instead of pendant lights, and make sure all light bulbs are glowing to add warmth.
  11. Pay attention to the small details: From scuffed skirting boards to stained carpets, buyers will notice even the smallest details. If there’s anything that needs fixing, no matter how small, get it done. You could also invite a friend to give an honest opinion on what could be improved before conducting viewings.
In conclusion, presenting your property in the best light possible is crucial in a crowded market. 

For more tips on presenting your London property for sale, call our helpful London property team  and they'll be happy to share their extensive knowledge with you.
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