Preparing Your Home To Sell

A show day is an excellent opportunity to help sell your property faster. Read our list of tips to make the most of this opportunity:
Outside the house
First impressions last. The first impression for the buyer is the garden and the outside appearance of your home.
  • Mow the lawn and ensure that garden tools and hose pipes are neatly packed away.
  • Ensure that your swimming pool is clean and sparkling and that all water features are operating.
  • Spend a little time to ensure that exterior walls, woodwork and gutters are in good repair.
  • Make your braai and entertainment areas attractive.
  • Make sure your front door invites visitors in.
Inside the house
  • Make it as bright and light as you can. Switch on the lights if necessary and open all the curtains to ensure ample light in all the rooms.
  • Make sure that bathrooms are clean, towels hung up neatly and all products packed away.
  • Baths, basins, toilets, taps and showers must be shiny.
  • Kitchen, stove and oven must be sparkling clean and all dishes and washing packed away.
  • Pick up all toys and pack away any items which make the rooms feel cluttered.
  • Pack away any clothes lying and hanging around.
  • In summer, open doors and windows as far as possible and allow light and fresh air to circulate.
  • In winter, make your home warm, cosy and inviting.
  • Make sure that visitors can view all the outbuildings.
  • Put fresh flowers in a vase on a prominent spot.
  • Play classical music to create a pleasant atmosphere.
  • If possible, try housing pets elsewhere for the day.
  • Do not hang about and make sure that family and friends are away during show times – it allows prospective buyers to be at ease, unobserved, comfortable and free to voice their feelings.
  • Lock away all valuables.