Style to Sell
Property styling can significantly increase the chance of achieving a higher selling price when putting your home on the market. Carlie Wacker consults an expert.
Whether the market is red-hot or cooling down, one sure way to enhance your chances of achieving the maximum price is to put your best foot forward and present your pad – or palace – in the best light.
Listen to your agent’s advice on who your potential buyer might be and what they are looking for and call in the experts to achieve the best results.
Styling your home for a buyer’s critical eye can be unnerving and buyers these days expect to see a staged home that looks like an interior design showroom.
That shouldn’t mean that you throw everything out and buy all-new furniture that isn’t your style and that you’ll never use again. We’ve asked an expert for some key things you can do without breaking the bank.
Michaela Way is an Interior Designer bringing her innovative style to Noosa through her studio and homewares boutique in Cooroy, Hunting for Stars.
The business is her third baby, beautifully named after her two children Hunter and Star.
She regularly hosts Styling Workshops and assists people wanting to prepare their home for sale. Here are her top tips:
LET THE LIGHT IN – Natural light is one of the most important features to a buyer, so open blinds, curtains and windows. Natural light will make a room feel lighter and brighter and give the illusion of more space.
GO GREEN – Live, healthy plants make a room feel lived in and cared for. That homely, happy feeling is precisely what will make a buyer fall in love with your house.
SET THE STAGE – You want to make the room look bigger not smaller, so carefully consider the amount of furniture in each room. Have a piece of furniture as a focal point and create conversation areas that welcome people in.
CREATE A VIGNETTE – A styled arrangement of items like coffee cups, magazines, books, vases and candles suggest to the buyer how they can relax or spend time in the space.
GO NEUTRAL – Lighter colours or white give the illusion of space and always brighten a space. Add pops of colour with cushions, throws and accent pieces if required. A neutral palette also allows the potential buyer to picture their furniture in your home (hopefully soon-to-be their new home!)
DE-CLUTTER – Remove all personal items like photos as you want the buyer to see themselves living there rather than feel like an intruder.
Happy home styling and selling!
For more home styling tips visit Michaela in store at Hunting for Stars, Cooroy or book in for a regular Styling Workshop. www.huntingforstars.com