Sydney house stylists have some secrets. If you hang out at this blog very often, you might already know a few of them. If you’re new here, pay close attention. If you want to sell your house at top dollar in the greater Sydney area, you’ve got some hurdles ahead. Fortunately for you, we have the answers that will help you fly right past them.

Get the maintenance chores done

In a housing market like ours, buyers will not even consider a place that doesn’t feel well cared for. There are far too many wonderfully well-kept places to even look twice at a place with clogged gutters or a stained, cracked driveway.

Before you list your house, get all of those little details taken care of right down to the squeaky fan blade on the AC unit.

Make your front view postcard perfect

The street-appeal your house offers is very often the first sight buyers will have of your house. Make it as picture perfect as you can. This goes beyond having the lawn trimmed and the shrubs perfectly sculpted. It means dressing up your front porch. What? You don’t have a front porch? Create one. You will be aiming for love at first sight when the buyers come along. Having a forgettable façade will get your forgotten.

Do the shutters need a fresh coat of paint? Is your siding faded or peeling? Do you have moss growing on your roof tiles? Deal with it decisively.

Paint the door. Put out some potted plants.  Install an interesting lighting fixture and make your house the envy of the neighbourhood. The effort will be rewarded – trust us.

Make everything old new again

Whether the interior floors of your house are tile, or hardwood, they need to shine. Scratches, dings or the dullness that comes with time and wear are unacceptable. Whether you do it yourself or need to hire a contractor to refinish the flooring, get it taken care of. Buyers want to know that they won’t have to spend a bundle of money after the purchase to make it their own – they don’t want to buy your ‘to do’ list.

New, fresh paint and sparkling windows make a potential buyer feel as if the place has never seen wear and tear. They need to be able to imagine themselves living in the space, not have reminders of previous residents interrupting their happily ever after fantasies.

Kitchen appliances, fixtures in kitchen and bathroom, and any other permanent amenities need to be more than just clean. They must sparkle.

Let the sun shine in

Natural light helps our bodies produce serotonin – the hormone that makes us happy. The more natural light you can bring into your house, the better potential buyers will feel. Take down heavy curtains and window coverings and take advantage of ever ray of sun you can capture. Use mirrors and lighting fixtures to beef up the brilliance. It will all work to make spirits soar.

Hire the best home stager you can find

This is the last item on our list of secrets, but it is probably the most important in terms of positive selling results. Good house stylists already know all these tricks and more to make potential buyers fall in love with your property. They can add special touches you might never think of to make your place irresistible.

Those same special touches work to dazzle the buyer so thoroughly that they may well overlook whatever un-fixable flaws your property might have. (All properties have at least one down-side.) Those flaws often turn out to be downward adjustments in your sales price at the negotiating table. If you hire a really gifted home staging company to handle your property before it’s listed, it’s almost certain that every cent you spend on staging will come back to you by way of a better sale price.  Professionally staged houses also sell much faster than those that are not. Hiring a professional stager is practically a ‘no-brainer’.

When the time comes to list your property for sale, call in the professionals at Urban Chic Property Styling first. The rest is a walk in the park with a big cheque waiting at the finish line.

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