(Realestate) – eighth instalment of Property Buzz, our new segment presented by McCafé, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli learns from The Block Glasshouse winner Shannon Vos how to tyle for sale in 60 minutes.Property Buzz: Cleaning up in the property market
But real life isn’t a reality show – and this selling season, if you’re planning on putting your home on the market, you’ve still got a bit of time up your sleeve to get it right.
Styling to sell takes time when done well.
These stunning property listings have caught our attention – and no doubt the interest of many willing and able buyers – so what can we learn from them?
Shannon shares his tips on what makes these homes pop and how you can follow their lead.
1. Tidy up your street view
Okay, so not all homes are as architecturally sublime as this one. But if there’s one lesson to learn from this property, it’s the power of street appeal.
A tidy garden will complement stunning designs like 33 Rockbourne Terrace, Paddington.
The front garden and and nature strip will be the first thing buyers see when they enter your property, so it’s in your best interest to make sure they’re looking well-manicured and tidy.
It always helps to add a point of interest, too. The in-ground pool serves the job at this home in Paddington, Brisbane, but you can achieve the same effect with some striking potted plants, a fairy-lit entryway or some interesting driveway pavers. Get creative.
2. Declutter and clean up indoors
We all want to live in clean homes, not least of all buyers, so this step is integral not to skip.
“You definitely want to clean up, you want to declutter, make the space look as inviting as possible,” says Shannon. “If you don’t have a clean palette, you won’t be able to sell.”
Without everything looking shiny and in its right place, 14 King Street, Fitzroy wouldn’t be as impressive.
Do your tidying first, putting everything in its rightful place, then go hard with a deep clean – floors, surfaces, walls. The last step is styling – pretend you’re on The Block and shuffle things around until they look perfect.
3. Get a lighting plan in place
Are there any mandatory updates before selling? “Start with a lighting plan,” suggests Shannon.
“Nothing changes a space like good lighting.” A combination of natural, lamp and spot lighting gives this living area the vast and open appeal of a forever family home.
There’s not much about 12 Bailey Street, Newtown that doesn’t look picture-perfect.
4. Give tired walls a coat of paint
“A coat of paint is one of the easiest updates you can do,” says Shannon. Not to mention, one of the most effective.
Take a leaf out of the hands responsible for this Newtown abode. Fresh white walls make the timber accents, bright colours and hints of greenery pop, which is a massive tick for both your property marketing images and inspection day.
A fresh coat of paint gives 12 Bailey Street, Newtown that ready-to-move-in appeal.
5. Get creative and sell a lifestyle
Finally, it’s your chance to have a little fun.
What does your property stand for? Are you selling prestige or humble beginnings? Are you telling a story of family living or pushing the cosmopolitan lifestyle?
The Ferrari in the drive at 6 Mitala Street, Newport may not be necessary, but it sells a story for some buyers.
Think about what supporting roles could help build out your property’s narrative – cars and pools are expensive additions, but things like a big bowl of fresh fruit on the counter, lovely bunches of flowers or some subtle background music playing on inspection day are less of an investment, but still effective.
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