Getting the best price for your property is important but how do you spruce it up without adding a lot of extra expense?
Property stylists can be a brilliant investment if you’re selling your home. They can make unused spaces look inviting and can cleverly draw the eye away from ugly areas without incurring too much effort or expense.
However, you can use their tricks to bolster your sale price without forking out for their skills. Queensland property stylist Tracey McLeod from Showhomes says she can add $20,000 to $75,000 to the price of an occupied home – using mainly the client’s furniture– and is happy to work within the owner’s budget. She shared seven secrets to get a home ready for sale.
1. Look at your property from across the road
We often come and go from our home without looking at it from a buyer’s perspective. So, walk across the road and take a look to see what a potential buyer sees. Check the condition of your gutters, roof and the entrance and assess which parts of the garden need work.
“Add some potted colour and a welcome mat at the entrance. These are timeless welcome markers that make a world of difference,” McLeod says.
2. Make those repairs
Styling gurus are far more likely to get a good result if you give them a clean, blank canvas to start with. Outstanding repairs are always a stumbling block to a sale because if prospective buyers see one problem, they may think there are many more. So make sure you do the repairs you’ve been meaning to get around to.
3. Prepare the canvas
One of the fastest ways to add value is by painting and recarpeting if those areas look outdated, McLeod says.
She advises getting the canvas right before dressing it and, when picking a wall colour, opting for warm whites rather than cool whites.
“Also, bear in mind that while grey walls are trendy at the moment, according to colour psychology grey is a colour of indecision. So, instead, go for one of the best-selling colours, which creates a feeling of familiarity among buyers,” McLeod says.
4. Rethink the bedroom spaces
The main bedroom is an important feature in any home. Remove all personal items, including photos and anything that could compromise your privacy, but leave some books and ornaments that suggest a great lifestyle. Also, clean out your cupboards so they look as spacious as possible.
On the spare bedroom, McLeod says, many people make the mistake of leaving it as a junk room, even when a home is for sale. ”But you’re more likely to get a better price if you put a bed in this room and make it presentable.”
5. Create a focal point in each room
Using wall art, a mirror, a console or feature chair will make a huge difference to the feel of a room. McLeod also suggests picking up to three accent colours for soft furnishings, perhaps selecting them from a piece of artwork on the wall.
6. Get rid of some furniture
Make the home easy to navigate by decluttering so that furniture takes up no more than 60 per cent of the floor space in each room. Remove any personal items such as photos and children’s names from doors, and stash that pile of bills.
“I recommend packing your home and then listing it for sale, which means you’ve already decluttered it when people start coming through,” McLeod says. “That way, you should be able to prepare your home for an inspection at short notice.”
7. Create an outdoor room
Having an outdoor space complete with soft furnishings presents buyers with another living area. Such spaces can be created easily and cheaply.
“And bear in mind that an unkempt garden can knock thousands off your sale price. So spend the time getting your landscaping and garden spot on,” McLeod says.
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