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Preparing Your Home for a Sale Posted: 20th July 2021

If you’re considering selling your home, it’s important that you maximise your sale price. There are several things you can do ensure your home is more desirable to buyers ensuring it sells quickly and for the highest amount.

It’s important that the inside of your home is in great shape – but you should be placing just as much importance on the outside. If you keep the outside of your home looking great, then your buyers will see your home as being well kept and maintained, reassuring them of the overall condition. Kerb appeal is highly important and the first impression a potential buyer has when approaching your property can’t be overlooked.


If you repaint the front of your home, it will cost upwards of £1,000 but it could add five times this much to the value of your property. This is the most inexpensive way to freshen up your property – choose neutrals or white to maximise the appearance of space and light. It will help buyers to envisage their belongings in the space – colours can be hit and miss with potential buyers.


Painting window frames will freshen up the outside of your house and reassure people that your home is well maintained. Choose from timber, aluminium or PVC windows to not only refresh the appearance of your home but to improve your energy rating. This will help to add value to your home as well as make it more appealing to buyers when seeing your home for the first time.


Gardens are high on buyers’ wish lists these days. Set the scene in your garden to help potential buyers to envisage themselves enjoying the outside space. Create a nice seating area. make sure the lawn is neat and borders are tidy and create some nice potted plants that you can take with you when you move. A jet washer is a great way to make your patio or decking seem smarter and well maintained.

The front garden is really important as this is the first thing that buyers will see, so don’t neglect this area. Again, a jet washer is ideal for tidying up a pathway making your home look smarter.


If you are on a budget, you might not want to invest in a new kitchen – but you can still update this area of your home. Make some small improvements such as painting the tiles, changing the door accessories, changing taps, ensuring all lights are in working order, the extractor fan is clean and that anything that could make your kitchen look tired or dated is fixed.


Buyers want to live in a home that has a good amount of storage so make sure your cupboards and drawers are free of clutter and anything you aren’t taking with you. It’s also a good opportunity to get rid of anything you won’t be taking with you when you move!

Finishing touches

Finally – small details can make a big difference. Beautiful scents from flowers or candles, sparkling clean floors and worktops and fresh fruit in a bowl can make your home look fresh and inviting.


Whatever your reason for moving; whether it's for extra space, to downsize or you may simply have found your dream home, Nicol can help. Our knowledge of the local property market helps us develop a marketing plan that's right for you and your property.
We want our clients to be delighted with the service we provide. Listening to your needs and understanding your requirements is our starting point. To find out more about our approach to selling homes, download our comprehensive Guide to Selling your Property here.
If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Sales Manager Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.