Jun 14, 2022 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

I posted about this back in 2019, but wanted to leave this here again today as I’m hearing that the market is still pretty hot even through interest rate increases and as cost of living goes up. The market in my local area of the NorthShore of Sydney is still low in stock with plenty of buyers, so presentation to reach top market value is key. Check out my handy tips on what to focus on when selling your home…

You may think about engaging a property stylist, which is absolutely the right way to go and I would 100% advise you to if budget allows. If you find that you are the one preparing your home each week for the opens here’s what to think about:

Step 1

First of all, de-clutter. This will help with your move too. Be ruthless and get rid of anything you really don’t want to take with you. Once you’ve thrown everything out that you aren’t taking now de-clutter some more. Pack away bits and pieces that you don’t need day to day to clean up surfaces, storage area and generally tidy. Don’t forget potential buyers viewing your home will check out inside your robes and cupboards.

Tidy tennage robe at my Riverview project


De-personalise as much as you can. I love my family and friends photo’s, however I packed them all away when I was showing our home. You want potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home, not you! Decorate your shelves with vases, candles, flowers and plants instead.

Shelves decorated with generic non-personal items are the way to go when selling


There may be some furniture that needs to go into storage, especially if you are engaging a stylist to make the rooms feel and function as best as they possibly can. So run through with them what they are planning to bring in and make sure you clear the way, a blank canvas for them to work with will achieve a much stronger result. Or if you have a bedroom that’s not set up as a bedroom hire some furniture in and make sure you show it in that way.


If you don’t have a home office already somewhere in your home carve out a space to set one up. Most buyers these days are looking for the function to be able to work from home as many still haven’t returned to full time office work since Covid.

Small home office space under a window at our Rozelle project


On the day of the open homes/inspections get into a routine of setting the stage. In summer turn on the aircon and cool the house down, flip side in winter fire and heating on and make everything cosy and warm. Light candles in all bathrooms, put lamps on in every room, and even main lighting should be switched on before you leave. Make sure everything is neatly popped away and cupboards are as tidy as possible. Remove any signs of pets, take your dogs and or cats with you. Beds should be made up perfectly and fresh cut flowers should be placed somewhere prominent as you walk in.

Make sure the beds look as best they can with decorative cushions and an extra throw or blanket

You’re all set! This sounds like a lot of effort but for most of us our properties are our biggest asset so it’s worth putting in that time and effort to get the best possible return on investment from your buyer.

Good luck!

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