How to Get Your Property Ready to Sell

With the property market being busier than it has ever been, this might be the right time to take advantage of the fast-paced momentum and put your own home on the market.

There are a record number of homebuyers looking to buy a property right now, so you will want to make sure you give yourself the best chance of attracting them and getting the best price possible for your property.

Keep reading to see our top tips on how to make your sale as successful, quick, and stress-free as possible.

Choose the Right Estate Agent

If you have not had your property valued yet, you must get this booked as soon as possible. To enquire about property valuations, click here.

Here is a list of what you should look for in an estate agent:

  • How experienced are they in the area? At Boxall Brown & Jones, we have over 30 years’ experience in the Derbyshire area, meaning that we can make sure your property is marketed in the right places to ensure a quick and smooth disposal.
  • Has the agent successfully sold properties like yours recently? Properties have been flying off the shelf at Boxall Brown & Jones. However, if you would like to know more about sales in your area, you can contact one of our property experts today on 01332 383838 (Derby) or 01773 880788 (Belper).

Working with an agent who provides a great service, is responsive, proactive and an expert in your area, will make a huge difference to the whole experience, and is most likely to get your house on the market a lot quicker.

Get the Price Right

Do not be automatically swayed by an agent promising the highest price for your property. It is tempting, but if you end up over-pricing the property, it will only prolong the process and you will have to reduce the price further down the line. A recent study conducted by property professionals said that you are twice as likely to sell your home if it is sold based on the first listed asking price.

At Boxall Brown & Jones, we have a Partner attached to every property sale, meaning that you are in safe hands when it comes to the pricing and marketing of your property.

The first two weeks of your property appearing on our website and other property sites we use, is usually when your property gets the most attention from home hunters – especially during this busy period. So, if it is priced correctly, with the level exposure it could be getting, you may even end up with an offer within the first couple of weeks!

Have all Documents Ready

Your estate agent and solicitor will ask for various pieces of paperwork throughout the selling process. So, if you can gather all the relevant documents ahead of time, you should avoid delays further down the line.

Some of the paperwork to consider collecting include:

  • HM Land Registry title documents
  • Gas checks completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • Electrical checks – an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) or a NAPIT or NICEIC certificate/ report from a registered electrical competent person
  • FENSA or CERTAS certificates for windows
  • Planning permission for any major work carried out
  • Building regulation completion certificates and builder’s guarantee certificates for alterations or additions
  • Subsidence guarantees/ warranties
  • Damp guarantees/ warranties
  • Party wall agreements (if relevant)
  • If a listed building, listed building consent for interior and exterior works
  • If your home is in a conservation area, conservation area consent for works
  • Any title insurance policies you may have taken out to solve title defects

Get Your Home Ready

You will want to spend the time de-cluttering and making your home look as attractive as possible, so that as soon as you have instructed your agent, they can get straight to work.

The quality of the photos that appear on a property website play a big part in determining the level of interest the property will get. Low quality photos of cluttered and messy rooms put some people off, whilst high-resolution images of bright, tidy, well-presented homes are attention magnets.

*Important Note on Photography – Today’s technology can produce extremely high-resolution images and videos which is great. But be mindful that you do not reveal more of your home than you should. Private documents, medical papers, financial information, or anything that can reveal personal information about you should be kept out of view.

Here are some tips on how to make your property looking amazing when it is on display:

Make it Light and Airy

Darker rooms generally make the room appear smaller; this can be a big turn off for potential buyers. So, we would suggest that you make sure that blinds are open, and curtains are apart to flood your home with light.

Keep the Garden Tidy

The front garden is the first thing potential buyers will see, so make sure that you give them a reason to be interested in your property straight away.

Similarly, the back garden can be a deal maker and an impressive outdoor space could set your home apart from the rest.

Bathrooms and Kitchens

These are the two rooms that are the most expensive for a buyer to upgrade. However, if you have made an effort to clean and declutter them, you will be giving potential buyers another reason to be positive about your home. So, here are some of our tips:


  • Making this room mould free is a must
  • Store toiletries away where possible
  • Clean the shower doors
  • Keep the toilet seat down


  • Keep worktops tidy
  • Keep utensils organised and food in cupboards
  • Put washing up away
  • Clean the windows
  • Tidy away any indication of pets being in the house, as your prospective buyer may not be a pet lover.

So, what do you think of our tips? If they have helped you, make sure you share it with friends and family on social media!

At Boxall Brown & Jones, we want to take the stress of properties out of your hands. If you have a property to sell, please contact us today on:

Tel: 01332 383838

Email: [email protected]

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