Home Front logoQ. I’m about to put my house on the market for sale and just need a quick low down of a list of things I should do in preparation to make sure it shows at its best and sells quickly, can you help?

A. While grand home improvements, such as new bathrooms and kitchens, undeniably help; the good news is some of the best ways to make your home more attractive to buyers are quick, easy and inexpensive. Here are some things you should do before you let a single viewer through your front door.

  1. You only get one chance to make a first impression

The outside of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so look critically, does the front door need a new coat of paint? Are the communal areas clean and tidy and clear of any prams or bicycles or in the case of a house is the path clear and are plants and trees well kept?

  1. Depersonalise

Put away family photos, kids’ drawings and other personal items that will distract people from what they’ve come to see – the house itself. Purchasers need to envisage this as their home, and they can’t do that if it’s over personalised.

  1. Pay attention to the small things

Freshen up paintwork and replace silicone around the bath if it’s looking mouldy, tighten loose door handles or dripping taps. These may seem like small issues, but they’ll grab a buyer’s attention for all the wrong reasons which could lead to them being concerned about what else hasn’t been maintained in the property.

  1. Photo worthy?

Most house hunting starts by scouring the property websites, so your photos need to have the right impact and help your home stand out from the competition. Prior to the photographer arriving ensure the natural can flood through by opening any window dressings, enhance the room by adding some cushions with a pop of colour if the décor is neutral, and add flowers to make rooms look fresh and welcoming.

  1. Declutter

Too much stuff makes your home seem small and congested, and will leave buyers thinking your home lacks storage. Get rid of unwanted items, and hide clutter neatly in boxes for a more neat appearance.

  1. Finishing Touches

Don’t underestimate the difference a deep clean can make to the way your house looks. Remove evidence of pets, doggy odour and cat-hair-covered carpets can send buyers running for the door. Consider hiring professional cleaners to do this, some things are worth paying for.