The Seller’s Shake-Up: How to Prepare Your Home For Viewings

Posted March 25, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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When it comes to selling your home, there is a lot you can do to make it look more desirable to more people which may help increase the price you might get for it. 

Here is a list of things to consider before opening your home to public viewings, as well as preparing for real estate photos:

Remove Personal Items

One of the most important tips anyone working in real estate will give you is to remove personal belongings. When someone is coming to view a house that they’re considering living in, they want to be able to picture themselves living here, not to be distracted by those currently occupying it. This includes family photos on the walls and any artifacts and belongings that might make the place look cluttered. 

Not only will the prospective buyers be able to visualize themselves living in your home but it will also give the illusion of your home being more spacious than it really is. 


Whilst it is often a good idea to display home with furniture in it, you should consider if the furniture you currently have is making the place look nice or is it making it look dated and tacky.

If your furniture isn’t particularly nice you might want to source the assistance of a professional in your city. For example, a quick search for Melbourne home staging will give you plenty of choices for companies that can redecorate your home and get it looking its best for your real estate photos and viewings. Think of them the way you would a makeup artist getting you to look your best on your wedding day. 

Professional Cleaning

Even if you clean your home regularly yourself, you will be amazed at the result after a professional clean, especially if your house has carpet. Just like an end of lease clean when you leave a rental, you really want to get this done for selling your home. 

The cost of getting new carpets in a home is immense. If your carpets are dirty, it might make buyers consider whether they have the budget to get these replaced. If you can breathe life back into your carpets by having them professionally cleaned your buyers might find the carpets acceptable enough that they won’t need to replace them. They would, of course, be subtracting the cost of new carpets from their offer to you, so this is a good way of improving your odds at securing more money. 

A professional end of lease clean will also get your kitchen, bathrooms, windows and other parts of the house looking as good as possible. By having everything look as good and clean as possible, it will reduce the chances of buyers wanting to remodel these rooms.

Remove Bad Smells

This is a really taboo subject. Everyone’s house has its own distinct smell. If you have pets, it might smell like dogs or kitty litter. If you’re into certain types of cooking, there are smells that may linger longer than you realise. Speak to your friends or real estate agent to see if they can smell anything that should be dealt with. 

There are a lot of home remedies for removing kitchen smells, usually involving bakings soda or vinegar. If you do not have the time to do fully remove any ingrained smells, you might want to cover them up using a scented candle or carpet deodorizers right before the inspection. This will only cover up the issue, so be sure to continue working on it afterwards. 

Clean Up Outside

Whatever type of outdoor area you have, from a big back lawn to just a patio or balcony, be sure this is tidy and looking good. You don’t want overgrown grass or unkempt bushes or trees making the yard look like it’s high maintenance or like a project, the new buyers will need to tackle themselves. Again, any extra effort or expense that a potential buyer can see for the property may be a deduction from their offer. 

At the end of the day, anything you can do to make your home look nicer, cleaner and in the best condition possible will surely help make the property more desirable to potential buyers and generate superior showing feedback. Any other scratches and marks around the house should also be repainted over or cleaned. Get your house looking as good as possible and you’ll be surprised at how much more it might sell for!