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Property Here - Thursday, May 09, 2013

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FASHION aficionados will tell you the importance of doing a seasonal wardrobe edit – the philosophy being that if you cull and sort your clothing it will make looking good each day easier.

Fashion and interiors go hand in hand so the same rule applies for homes, and no time is more important than prior to a sale to really evaluate your decor so that your house is looking it’s best.

Streamlining furniture and accessories also has another benefit - it makes keeping your home neat and tidy for inspections a breeze. A fresh and clean look is imperative if you’re going to attract the highest offers.

A friend recently commenced his first house hunt, and expressed his shock to me that every home he inspected had been professionally styled. He was concerned that he was about to place his own home on the market and couldn’t afford a professional stylist.

Beautiful and impressive presentation is now essential to a successful outcome when you put your home on the market. Not everyone can afford professional styling services, but it’s not as hard as you think to give your home a striking makeover yourself.

Firstly de-clutter. I can’t stress the importance of this enough.

Secondly, draw a rough floor plan to show the placement of your furniture. It’s often difficult to see how traffic flow could be improved if you’ve lived in a space for a long time, so this helps to visualize alternatives.

Take away any furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose or is not aesthetically pleasing. The first step to achieving your goal of selling your home at the best price in the minimum amount of time is to work out what needs to go and what can stay.

Then select the overall look you would like your home to have – whether it be classic, or french provincial, industrial, or modern & streamlined, for example. Whatever you choose, try to keep the décor of each room of your home in a similar vein. A mood board with fabric swatches, colour samples and any inspiring images will help with this. Keep patterns and colours neutral & soft to attract the most buyers. You can be adventurous with your decor when you move to your new home, now is not the time to play with bright feature walls or strongly patterned wallpaper.

Re-invent your existing furniture by re-upholstering or painting them a new colour. There are endless possibilities these days to recycle old furniture and accessories so be creative and enjoy the process, but as stated above, keep it smart and neutral for the best sales results. If you put love into creating a beautiful space, the potential buyers viewing your home will feel that love when they walk through the door and find your home irresistible.

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