Tips for selling a French house

Between us, the team at Charente Immobilier has decades of experience in selling houses and here are just a few simple tips to help you maximise the chance of selling your house. It’s not rocket science and you’ve probably heard it all before, but the following tips really are well worth the effort.


Curb appeal

A potential buyer could be put off even before they have set foot inside your front door if they are given a bad first impression. You want them to drive through the gates or walk up the drive or path already feeling impressed and eager to see more.

So do what it takes to create that lasting first impression.  Make sure the exterior of your home is up to scratch and if your front door or fence is looking tired, brighten it up with a lick of paint. Put out pots or hanging baskets to add colour and if you have a garden plant some bedding flowers and make sure the grass is cut and the hedges trimmed. Move bins out of view and clear away anything unsightly.


Spruce up and de-clutter

Making your home attractive to a buyer needn’t mean an expensive décor overhaul. Chances are it won’t be to the buyer’s taste anyway and will be replaced as soon as they move in. With this in mind it may be a good idea to remove anything too personal or individual. And you might want to consider freshening up rooms with a neutral lick of paint in warm tones.

Make sure your rooms are clutter-free and as light and airy as possible. A mirror hung in the small rooms can give the illusion of space and a few vases of flowers or some plants can freshen up the house.

A kitchen is a big selling point, so make sure all the worktops are more or less completely clear and that it smells fresh and clean.


The little things

Don’t forget the detail either. Chances are the buyer will be very critical as they will be looking at several properties and weighing one against another. So, get around now to those annoying little maintenance jobs such as that long overdue light bulb change or replacing that cracked pane of glass.


Define each room

Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in the house, so it is essential that each room is shown off to it highlight its purpose.  If your dining room is full of work papers or exercise equipment for example, return it to its original purpose.  It’s also important to de-personalise, for example by taking down at least some of the posters in the children’s bedrooms – so the buyer can see the potential for the house and where they would put their own items.


Leave the viewing to us

Let us manage the viewing and keep your distance. A house can feel small with five people squeezing into a bathroom or the spare bedroom. And house-hunters can feel uncomfortable if the owner is constantly present and overloading them with information. Take a walk around the garden or limit yourself to one room. But be on hand for questions at the end of the viewing.


Make the most of outdoor space

Gardens or any type of outdoor space should be a major selling point – but an overgrown jungle could see your buyer running mile. Not only will the space look smaller and unloved, but the buyer may assume the garden to be too much work. A small but well-presented courtyard or terrace will charm a buyer – but a weed-covered and barren one will leave them cold.



If you do have pets, ask a neighbour / friend to look after them while viewings are taking place or relegate them to the garden – the must at all time be kept under control and not permitted to jump up on a buyer. While you love your pet, the chances are your buyer won’t – or worse still, they may even be allergic.


Short notice viewings

Many buyers can only be in the area for a short period (and give agents short notice) – so it is in your best interest to agree to short notice viewings (or let us have a key). A viewing refused is potentially a missed sale – it is unlikely that the buyer will come back at a later date