How to prepare your house for selling and moving

How to prepare your house for selling and moving

When selling your home, first impressions are important, and preparing your house for the market is very important. It can be hard to know what changes to make in order to make the most of it without breaking the bank, so Airtasker has compiled a list of simple handy tips to help you prepare your house for selling, and better your chances of securing a decent sale.

The front door

Make sure the entrance to your home is clean, tidy and looks appealing. It may even be worth giving the front door a fresh lick of paint – After all, great first impressions really do matter.

Key rooms

The homemaker will particularly want to focus on the kitchen, bathroom and toilet, so make sure repairs and cleaning for these rooms are done.



Generally, you don’t need to fully renovate your home prior to selling and moving, but it should be in good, working condition.

Little issues like mouldy shower grouting can put off people off. Small expenses and a little effort will go a long way in making your property more attractive to prospective buyers.

Consider whether you need to do any of the following:

  • Re-grout bathrooms

  • Fix a front or back fence

  • Fix leaking taps

  • Replace fixtures, e.g. chipped door knobs, rusty towel rails

  • Replace blown light bulbs

 Any investment you make prior to selling and moving should be driven by where you’ll get the best return.

Walls and painting

Whether they’re marked, chipping-away or have been a victim of your changing style over the years; it might be a good time to re-paint the house ahead of selling. A neutral colour paint is pretty in-expensive and appeals to a wider market, so giving buyers a blank canvas to work with is a huge plus. Whether you’re doing this yourself or hiring a painter decorator for a few days, a few licks of paint can be the difference between sales success or failure.


Declutter and depersonalise

The sale of your property is a great excuse to clean out your belongings! Declutter to maximise space for the open house and inspections. Depersonalise so buyers can envisage themselves living there and imagine their own belongings in the space. 


It’s important to give the impression that your property has been kept in good condition all the time (not just for the sale), so attention to detail is a must.

Cleaning inside

Here’s a list to start you off:

  • All surfaces, bench tops and cupboards

  • Walls, skirting boards, power points

  • Windows, window sills, doors, screen doors, fly screens

  • Floors, carpets, tiles, timber

  • All built in appliances, e.g. dishwasher, oven, stove, range hood, etc.

  • Sinks, basins, taps (descaling)

  • Baths, showers, shower screens

  • Mirrors and wardrobes

  • Fans, air conditioners


Cleaning outdoors

Outdoor areas should not be forgotten as that’s the first thing prospective buyers will see. Make sure a few things are done before you have a viewing.

  • Gardens and garage are tidy

  • Lawn is mowed

  • Garden beds are weeded

  • Gutters are cleaned

  • Patios and driveways are clean

  • Cobwebs are removed

  • For open houses and inspections, you should also remove all rubbish, empty and wash bins, and make sure pet droppings and pet bedding is removed.


Odours in the home are usually from pets, mould and mildew. Find the source and address the problem, rather than trying to ‘mask’ it.

Good Smells

If you’re planning an open house viewing, a good tip is to make your home smell inviting by roasting some coffee beans or baking fresh bread on the day.

Furniture and décor

If your furniture is a worn, mismatched, or a little ‘dated’, consider getting an interior designer to spruce up your home during the sale period. It might be necessary to put your furniture into storage temporarily whilst more modern and stylish furniture is rented during this period.  


Create a calm and inviting atmosphere by adding some healthy, green plants to your home’s indoor and outdoor areas. Little potted herbs perched on the window sill can freshen up the aesthetic of the kitchen. Hire larger plants if you don’t want to purchase them.

  • Find more useful tips and tricks around selling your house, visit the Airtasker blog here.

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