#6 Tips for a Successful House Sale

We’ve taken a look at the tips and advice that we give our clients when they are considering a house sale, and chosen the top six. Yes, there are many things that you can do to prepare your home for sale, but these six should go a long way to getting that sale secured and to your move happening quickly.

#6 Tips for a Successful House Sale 

1. Give the garden a good prune

2. Spruce up inside

3. Pets

4. Be ready with answers

5. Be aware of your responsibilities 

6. Engage a professional estate agent 


Remember, first impressions last. We’re not, in any of our tips, suggesting that you should undertake any major works, but rather refreshing and sprucing things up! When a prospective buyer first pulls up outside your house, everything they see from then until they leave will leave a lasting impression on them. And it’s almost certain that they will be viewing more properties that day, and on subsequent days. So you want to make their visit to your home a memorable one. For the right reasons!


So here are our top six tips for a successful house sale:

1. Give the garden a good prune

Your front garden is the first thing that your prospective buyers will see when they arrive. So it’s a great idea to keep the lawn mown, prune any trees, bushes, and hedges, and have a good general tidy. And the same for the back garden. Most of these jobs are probably done anyway and remember that you’ll probably only need to do this once more before you move, so it’s worth the effort. People want to see as much of a blank canvas as possible so that they can imagine the changes that they will make, so you could consider uncluttering. Is your collection of 300 garden gnomes going to cut the mustard? No probably not. 

2. Spruce up inside

We’re not suggesting that you remodel the kitchen, but giving the walls a lick of paint and repairing any damage, cracks, and wear and tear could help your house sale. Are there rooms where a neutral colour could lighten the room and provide that blank canvas we mentioned earlier? Try and declutter indoors too. Of course, there are things that will be very personal to you, but they won’t mean anything to a prospective buyer, and consider whether what’s important to you could stop your prospective buyer from imagining their vision for what will become their home.

3. Pets

There are a couple of considerations here. The best atmosphere for a potential buyer will enjoy your home more if the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. Some people don’t like animals, and others will be nervous around pets other than their own. Try and remove that worry. Could you arrange for the dog to be out for a walk, or better yet in the kennel if you’re got multiple viewings in a day? That takes away any anxiety and bad behaviour on the part of your pet and removes any potential for tension. It also gives you the chance to vacuum up after your beloved long-haired mutt! Animals also come with a particular smell, so put the cat litter outside, and try an air freshener, or simply give the house a good air. We’re not suggesting that you deny having any pets, but remember, anything that can affect your potential home buyer from imagining their vision for your home could prevent a successful house sale.

4. Be ready with answers

Take a look at our blog The Questions you need to ask for a Successful House Move for some ideas on the sort of questions that your potential house buyers will ask. A little bit of research will give you all the answers you need. You could even try and volunteer some of the answers. So for example, if your guests bring their children, you could give explain which local school catchment area your home is in. There could be all manner of questions that people have but always answer honestly, and if you don’t know, say so. 

5. Be aware of your responsibilities

There are particular responsibilities as a seller and some information that you have to disclose using a TA06 form. This is sent by your buyer to you to complete before you exchange contracts. More information about this here 

This covers issues such as boundary disputes, problems with title deeds, and disputes over noise and nuisance. If you do have anything ongoing, or you’re aware that there are issues with the title deed, for example, have a chat with your estate agent about the best way to deal with any issues.

6. Engage a professional estate agent

It might seem like an easy option to go it alone, but remember that a professional estate agent will take the right photos, create a stunning sales pack, and already have people looking for houses just like yours. Not only that, but a professional estate agent can provide you with a realistic sale price, give you advice and guidance on do’s and don’ts, and knows the local market, so they will know the strengths to concentrate on to get you the house sale that you are seeking.


There are many other things that you can do to make your successful house sale, these are our top six. If you are considering a move and have a property to sell, we can provide you a free valuation. You can do this online here or get in touch to arrange for a member of our team to visit. You can leave your details here