How to Prepare Your House for Sale

You’ve made the big decision.

You’ve finally decided to put your beloved property on the market. For many selling a property is not just selling a house, it’s selling memories, a part of the family, a past. Therefore it’s inevitable that this can be an emotional, and sometimes chaotic time with a multitude of stresses.

One way to ease many of these stresses is to ensure your property is in the best possible shape for sale. 

To assist you through this process, Mattblak have collected our go-to tips to getting your house in selling order.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Whether it be the interior or exterior of your home a new coat of paint can make a big difference to the look and feel of your property. A tip we would suggest when updating the paintwork is to keep it neutral. Think tans, whites, beiges, and creams. Why you ask? Well, for a number of reasons. Neutral colours will make the interiors of your home appear more spacious and bright. Additionally, a neutral pallet will give your property a “blank canvas”  for prospective buyers to work on.

Remove the Clutter 

There is a reason show homes generally have a minimalistic look and feel, and this is because it tends to appeal to the masses. Therefore, we would highly recommend when curating a property for sale to always follow the ‘less is more’ rule when styling. That being the case, it might be time to relook your interiors to see how you can declutter. Over the years you may have accumulated an extra couch or two (we’ve all been there) but if it’s not needed, it’s time for them to go.

Extra Tip: To achieve the minimalist look without the heartache of throwing your much-loved pieces it may be worthwhile investing in renting a storage unit whilst your property is on the market.

It’s time to Fix It

Perhaps it’s a little sneaky cracked tile in the bathroom or a broken garden chair. We all have them, the “oh I’ll fix that later” jobs. Well, we’re sorry to say the time has actually come to get that job done (sorry all procrastinators).  Although small, they can make a big impact when prospective buyers are inspecting your property. Make a list and tick them off as you go.

Replace Old Fixtures and Fittings

You don’t have to update all of the interiors in your home to give your property an effective makeover. Something as small and cost-effective as updating your home’s fixtures and fittings can instantly modernise your spaces. 

Some fixtures and fittings to consider updating. 

  • Kitchen cabinet handles/knobs
  • Light fixtures
  • Bathroom cabinets 
  • Bedroom cabinets


Spring Clean

Once the interior has been refined, it’s time to clean. And not just a little sweep and polish, no, it’s time for a deep, deep clean. At this stage of your properties preparation, if your budget allows for it, we would highly recommend bringing in the professionals to get your interior sparking. Professional cleaners bring with them the tools and expertise to really tackle any long-standing dirt, grime and cobwebs that you haven’t been able to get rid of.

Curbside appeal 

You’ve finished prepping your interior (congratulations), now there’s only one thing left to address. That is, of course, your home’s exterior. The exterior will create the first impression of your property so it’s imperative to make it a good one. 

Some areas you might consider updating include;

  • The exterior paint includes exterior walls, windows, doors and walls. 
  • Basic gardening (where applicable) such as cutting the lawn, weeding and updating plants
  • Cleaning out gutters drains
  • Removing/updating any old garden furniture


If you’ve tackled the above, you should be on your way to getting your property ready for sale.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please feel free to get in contact with us directly to see how our property experts can assist.