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The spring selling season is fast approaching and experience shows that vendors who invest in going that “extra mile” with presentation, especially in a tougher market, usually achieve a quicker sale and sometimes, a higher price. Property styling is one way to improve a home’s prospects for selling as fast as possible for the highest price. It also allows the vendor to create a ‘wow’ factor in the home that will leave a lasting impression upon buyers.

Property stylists are flexible when it comes to the sellers needs. They can simply take a look at a property and incorporate furniture and artwork that blends well with the abode. Alternatively, a full end-to-end property styling make-over can be undertaken.

Here is a list of some of the tasks property stylists can advise on:

  1. Home and Garden Maintenance – including weeding and rubbish removal
  2. Handyman services – re-hanging a door, replacing a window frame etc
  3. Styling – declutter, reposition, supply rental furniture and matching accessories
  4. General Ideas – offer those final special touches

A good indication of the average price for property styling is somewhere between $2000 – $4000. And any good stylist should be happy to work within a set budget.

A property makeover is not for everyone however. Time and finances may be limiting. DIY weekends can be just as successful. For example, try to have all minor repairs done. Sticking doors and windows, loose door-knobs, faulty plumbing, peeling paint may affect a sale. Gates should open easily too and welcome prospective buyers. Clear the gutters, clean windows, screens, doors and awnings. Spread gravel on unsealed driveways and lay pine bark on unsightly surfaces. Sweep driveways and patios. Remove clothes from the line. These small improvements can go a long way to assisting in the timely sale of a home and achieving the best price.

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