How to Decorate Your Home and Make It Ready for Sale

Every homeowner seriously out to sell their property want it done as quickly as possible. But with countless properties to choose from, how will you persuade a prospective buyer to purchase your home?

Improving and redesigning your home’s overall appearance is one of the best ways to make it stand out and catch the attention of buyers. A trusted estate agent in Bolton gives the following tips to help make your home ready for sale, and stage it for success.


1. Hire an estate agent

Selling your home is a complex process that can be challenging to do on your own. It may also become quite a burden especially if you’re a working individual who’s putting a home for sale and trying to move out at the same time. If you want to sell your property fast, it’s best to hire an estate agent to handle the process for you.

An estate agent can help you set the right price and get buyers into the door. They help ensure you get a good deal as they can:

  •       Have access to up-to-date information on recent sales of comparable homes and competing listings around your area.
  •       Market your property aggressively.
  •       Recommend staging techniques to make your home attractive to prospects.
  •       Examine potential buyers so you only deal with serious inquiries.

2. Increase curb appeal

A potential sale may still fail if a buyer won’t even get out of the car because of your unappealing home exterior. To thoroughly scrutinise your curb appeal, step outside and look at your abode to see if it seems welcoming and makes you want to come in.

The goal of increasing curb appeal is not to intimidate buyers and create a psychological equivalent of warning them off. What’s important is that it should make buyers want to envision the property as their own.

Lure in onlookers with these enhancements:

  •       Mow the lawn or add fresh lawn.
  •       Repaint any worn fencing.
  •       Wash windows or paint faded window trims.
  •       Power wash and clear the driveway.
  •       Plant vibrant flowers and fresh greenery.
  •       Make your house number visible.
  •       Illuminate the front with lights.

3. Keep the house sparklingly clean

Cleaning your home thoroughly is the easiest and simplest way to make it shine. It may take you a day or more to complete all cleaning tasks. However, if you have a large home, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaner to get the job done in no time.

If you’re still living in the home you intend to sell, expect that it’s not going to be spotless. But every day, you should make it a habit to clean up after yourself as buyers may come unexpectedly.

  •    Hang up fresh towels.
  •    Vacuum every day instead of weekly.
  •    Replace any worn-out rugs.
  •    Bleach dingy grout.
  •    Clean fans and light fixtures.
  •    Keep the toilet lid closed when you’re not using it.
  •    Stay on top of potentially smelly areas by spraying a household deodoriser.

4. Update the interior design

If you have decorated your home years ago with your personal taste in mind, its design may not be as pleasing for buyers who want a modern, updated look. Revamp your home interior design by integrating today’s style. Staging your home for sale isn’t the time to experiment with loud paint colours, so opt for rich mid-tone neutrals to create a sophisticated backdrop.

There’s no need to make expensive furniture investments. You can simply rearrange them symmetrically for a modern look. Pull your furniture away from the walls and use them in pairs to create an inviting living area.

5. Consider the season

Think seasonally and make sure your home is in beautiful shape whether it is summer or winter. If you have extra features like a fire pit, make sure that they are clean. Get the most of the cosy vibe of the season in autumn and winter by simmering hot chocolate on the hob and building a fire in the fireplace.

Flaunt your property assets

Your potential buyers need to know that your property justifies its price. When staging your home, the key lies in promising a home life that people are searching for.

Bear in mind that even if you have a fancy interior design or an inviting pool outside, buyers can still pull back if it isn’t something they want or need.


Sally Jones is a Director and Co-Founder of The Purple Property Shop, an award-winning estate agent serving Bolton, Bury and the surrounding areas of North West England. The Purple Property Shop was founded in 2010 and quickly grew to become one of Bolton’s leading estate agents, specialising in residential property sales, property lettings and management.