Posted on 18th May 2019

How to get Your Home Ready to Sell

House for sale

By Martin Williamson, Head of Residential Property at Latimer Hinks Solicitors We’re already starting to see some beautiful weather making its way to the North East, and with holiday season quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about selling your property. After all, it’s no secret that when the sun comes out, potential purchasers are more likely to venture out to look for their new dream home.  

Clutter, mess and loud decor can be off-putting, even if the property itself is in a immaculate condition. For this reason, it is important to consider the value of making your home a relaxing space, inside and out, to increase its attractiveness to a new audience.

So, let in the light, clear out the clutter, and start preparing your home to sell.

Calming décor

Choosing a colour scheme for your home is always important. A calming and neutral palette is always preferable, as it provides a blank canvas. It may be very difficult for purchasers to visualise their favourite red sofa up against a bright orange feature wall, however muted tones give more scope for the imagination.


This year, many people have reacquainted themselves with the concept of decluttering and getting rid of excessive items to have a clearer, happier home. It is always advisable to think about what you do or don’t need before a move, as this means a fresh start when you reach your new home. Starting the decluttering process before you put your house on the market also has its benefits.

Removing items from your home will, by its very nature, make it look bigger, as there will be fewer objects filling the space. This will give potential buyers a more accurate picture of the size of the rooms once all of your items are safely in the removal van.

Zen gardens

Henry Carver from Nick and Gordon Carver Residential says: ““When we’re selling houses, more and more people are utilising the garden as an additional room. Having a well-designed, tranquil, green space where you can go out and breathe in the fresh air, can be incredibly calming.

“It is tempting, especially if you have children like I do, to fill every last space with trampolines, Wendy Houses, and other outdoor toys, as a way of keeping the little ones entertained while you are relaxing. However, these items can make the garden space look cluttered and untidy, so it’s prudent to consider outdoor storage space too, to keep your garden looking great all year round.”

Your own space

If your property is on the ‘bijou’ side, you may wish to consider extending, if there is the budget and available land to do so.

Remember, it is essential to seek any necessary planning permission and building regulation approval from the local council when considering building work, including extensions. You will also be required to produce the relevant documentation when you come to sell in future.

Please note: This article is intended as guidance only. 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.