Five tips to sell your home

Selling your home can be a stressful time but styling it for open houses and photos doesn't have to be. Here are 5 tips to help maximize your home's appeal. 

1. Always keep in mind the buyer in mind and style for them, not for yourself. This means keeping to neutral tones on the walls, curtains and bedcoverings. This allows the buyer to imagine how they would introduce their own style.

This also applies to personal photos, artwork and decoration. You can pack away these items ready for your new home.

2. Find any easy fixes that make a good first impression. Mouldy grout in the bathroom? Hire someone to regrout or do it yourself in a day. Front gate falling apart? Replace it. Small fixes really are worth the investment. 

3. Your priority is to make your space feel as big and bright as possible. That means clean windows and open curtains/blinds. 

Making your home feel larger means getting rid of clutter. Pack away items you don't use on a daily basis. Often, it's worth renting a temporary storage space.

4. Gardens often get forgotten. Ensure the lawn is freshly mowed, tidy any paths and sweeping driveways. It's great to add some greenery/ flowers. You don't need to be a green thumb, a few inexpensive potted flowers will add life to a garden.

5. On the day of an open house make certain your house is clean! Make the beds. Style the kitchen and bathroom with some fresh flowers, luxury soaps and towels. But no need to go overboard with open books or tables set for dinner.

And finally, air out the house as much as possible with open windows and doors. Fresh air trumps an overscented candle.

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