Tamara Wrigley says now is the perfect time to sell. Picture: Supplied.
Tamara Wrigley says now is the perfect time to sell. Picture: Supplied.

Top tips to get your house ready for sale

There has never been a better time to sell with properties being snapped up left, right and centre.

So, are you finally ready to sell your home?

The big decision has been made and now you can sit back, relax and wait for the buyers to roll on in, right?

Ah, not quite – almost every single home going to market needs some attention, including yours.

There are a number of things to consider once you’ve decided to sell, so I’m giving you my top three tips to preparing your home for sale.

The Clean Up

The key to preparing a house for sale is to make it look cosy and homely, but also as if nobody with an everyday life lives there.

This process depersonalises the home so buyers can more easily imagine it as their own.

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Begin by moving through the house and putting away anything that’s lying around – shoes, coats, cleaning products, towels etc.

Then do it again, but this time with an eye on the less superficial layer.

Simplicity is key, so really think hard about how many buyers will respond positively to your fridge magnet collection or your sewing room, heaving with quilts and fabric scraps.

Tidy bookshelves, ruthlessly deal with pets and their unruly habits, and make sure that everything on display is tidy and presentable.

Once your home has had a layer of everyday life removed from it, head outside and do the same in the garden, the shed and around the perimeter of your block.

Empty buckets and disused tools should be disposed of or hidden away, as should children’s bikes, toys and play equipment.

Get a gardener in, if necessary, or just deal with the weeds, mow the lawn and sweep the paths yourself, so everything is tidy and in order.

You may also want to get professional cleaners in to thoroughly clean wet areas.

It’s worthwhile to get carpets, window dressings and soft furnishings professionally cleaned if you have been living there for some time.

This will depend on your makeover plans of course, but an external cleaner will always see things you have lived with for years.

Smells you’ve become accustomed to will vanish, leaving a fresh and inviting fragrance for newcomers.

The Makeover

Now that you have removed that unsightly layer of everyday life from your home, it’s time to give it a shiny new makeover ready for its photo shoot.

Give tired walls and window frames a fresh coat of paint and take a good look at your current furniture and room configurations.

The junk room needs to go and that space should be turned into a spare bedroom, a home office or an elegant reading room.

If you have some interior design skills you could do this yourself but a professional “home stager” is well worth the investment too.

They will advise you on what should stay and what should go, what colour schemes might be useful for repainting and even they may even co-ordinate rental of furniture, whitegoods, plants and other items for decoration.

Don’t neglect the exterior of your home and its street appeal either.

Go across the road then approach your home with fresh eyes.

Broken outdoor lighting needs to be dealt with and shabby gardens should be given some much needed attention.

If in doubt, ask your agent or a trusted friend to give you an honest opinion and call in the experts for the stuff you can’t manage yourself.

The Showcase

Now that your home is sparkling clean and dressed to its best, the marketing campaign will kick in.

If you hired a home stager they can be involved in this and it is pure madness to not invest in a professional photographer for your photo shoot.

The first interaction the majority of buyers will have with your home will be your photographs, so they need to be impressive and alluring.

They will be used online, in print media, on signs outside your property and for various other marketing materials.

If you are going to restrict your budget anywhere, it should definitely not be here!

The photo shoot – the session, the photographer, the stylist and the post production of the images – is usually included in your marketing budget with your chosen real estate agency.

Make sure you go through this with your agent and understand what’s included, making sure you get approval on final choices where relevant.

Be sure you’re getting everything that was promised to you initially and that the budget is being used wisely to showcase your home at its very best.

If your agent is doing their job they will support and advise you on all of this and more.

A well-prepared home can achieve a much greater sales result when it is clear the seller has put some tender loving care into the property and buyers will respond accordingly to the effort you made.


The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial or real estate decisions.

Tamara Wrigley is a media commentator, award-winning businesswoman and property mogul, who bought her first property at the age of 21. Follow her Instagram page and Hepburn and Corder Renovations page.