Posted on 13th June 2014

Making your Home Sellable

By Martin Williamson, Head of Residential Property, Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Getting your property fit for sale is not only beneficial in closing the sale, but it can also add to its value - whether its a low cost conversion or a spring clean. There are many ways to make your home more sellable if youre struggling and your property is lingering on estate agents books.

Here are some useful tips that can help improve the chance of selling your property.


Keeping the house clean and free from clutter is vital when staging the property for prospective buyers. First impressions are key, so ridding the home of any unnecessary items is a priority when welcoming guests. You dont want any distractions that would deter them from the features in the house, as people need to be able to see what the property would look like if they lived there.

Cleaning and repairs

The last thing you want to do is create a bad impression when in the process of selling your home. Even the most trivial problems, such as a sticky door or a hole in the wall, can give the impression that the house isnt properly maintained.

The same goes for cleanliness and the general upkeep of the home, which will make the property more appealing, so a full clean-up would be recommended.

If you have a garden, it would also be wise to cut any bushes back and a full-scale clean-up of the patio surface and any outdoor furniture.


Although it can be costly, rejuvenating the kitchen is another idea that can boost your propertys value. It is integral to any home and forms a focal point for all the family to gather and enjoy their meals, so a remodelled kitchen can pay dividends socially and financially. A re-furbished kitchen means that its also likely that you will recoup most of the money spent when you have closed the deal.

Loft conversions

The ability to convert a loft will appeal to buyers who are keen to do work, but are concerned about whether they would be granted consent. The addition of another room and more space will add value to the home without the hassle of having to be granted planning permission that comes with an extension pending you have the relevant building regulations.

Please note: This article is intended as guidance only and does not constitute advice, financial or otherwise. No responsibility for loss occasioned/costs arising as a result of any act/failure to act on the basis of this article can be accepted by Latimer Hinks. In addition, no responsibility for loss occasioned/costs arising as a result of any act/failure to act on the basis of this article can be accepted by the firm.

Martin Williamson is Head of Residential Property at Latimer Hinks Solicitors in Darlington. Latimer Hinks has a team of around 40 people serving private and corporate clients. For further information: or call 01325 341500.