I have to admit that along with a good proportion of people in Australia, I am obsessed with real estate.
I spend a large chunk of my time looking at what’s on the market and keeping up to date with what is happening in the world of architecture and design. I love searching Domain to see what has come onto the market from week to week, where the prices are sitting, different floor plans, and how people are presenting their homes and gardens.
When it comes to preparing a property for sale, I am often surprised by how many homeowners are just not getting it right. I often see houses that could potentially achieve much greater sales results with some extra effort put into presentation. When you consider that your home is more than likely your biggest financial asset, it is well worth making the extra effort.
Buyers will pay more for a property that looks and feels clean, fresh, well maintained and ready to enjoy. With the help of some experts, I have put together my top tips for styling your property to achieve maximum results at sale time.
1. First impressions are everything
Jenny Conroy, senior property stylist at Coco Republic, says: “Street appeal is vital to ensure that prospective buyers are enticed to take a look.”
There is a lot you can do to make a big difference at the front of your home, Jenny’s advice is to make sure the lawns are mown, garden beds are mulched and weeded, windows are clean, the exterior of the property is clean with no peeling paint, paths and driveways are high pressure cleaned and swept for each open for inspection. You can spend a little bit of money here adding plants in pots, that can be taken with you when you leave and add an inviting bench with cushions if you have a verandah.
If the facade is looking tired and budget permits, consider having the exterior repainted. Repainting in a modern colour scheme can take years off your home.
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