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Myth Busting: Property Styling Edition
    Myth Busting: Property Styling Edition   I just love it when I turn up to a party and have the entire evening to engage in small talk. I often play a guessing game where I try to work out what I think other guests do for a living. Then, after a few glasses of wine, I have the courage to ask. Sometimes I hit the nail on the head, but, more often than not, I miss!   Last week I was at a party; a wedding actually, but it may as well have been a party, because those country people really know how to have a good time. I found myself chatting to a group of l..
A Blog for Real Estate Agents: Don’t Let a Badly Presented Property be Your Downfall
A Blog for Real Estate Agents Don’t Let a Badly Presented Property be Your Downfall       In the US and Canada it is considered standard to engage a Home Stager (as they are called over there) to help you sell your client’s property. Statistics from the US property market show that having your client’s property staged result in selling 30 -50% faster than an equivalent un-staged property, and will see the property sell for 7 – 17% more than its un-staged equivalent.That could be a whopping $49,000, or more, if you were selling a $700,000 property! The curr..
How to Add Value to Your Home
  How to Add Value to Your Home Two weeks ago I had the privilege of meeting Bob and Judy, a couple who is now looking to get their home of 20 + years ready for sale. The house needs a bit of work, but what should they spend their money on to get it ready for sale? Judy wants a new kitchen and Bob wants to put a new shed in the backyard, but is it going to be worth the cost? Or should they just leave it to their real estate agent to sell the potential of their home? The answers to all these questions (and more!) can be found below, where I’ll talk about the 5 best way..
How to Avoid Stress When Selling Your Home
How to Avoid Stress When Selling Your Home     The home selling process can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! Luckily, Chez B has a few tips to share that will help you to not only survive it, but thrive during it!   JOB # 1: Get Packing! Start packing up things you don't use right away. As soon as you know that you’re planning to sell your home, it’s time to start collecting the things that you don't use very often and get them ready for the road. Need some extra space? Hire a storage facility on a month-by-month basis and place your packed up it..
How to Keep a Child’s Room Looking Styled and Ready for Inspection
  How to Keep a Child’s Room Looking Styled and Ready for Inspection For my tips on how to keep your entire home looking staged to perfection, read my previous blog here. Now we can get to the nitty gritty of the most at-risk rooms in your home - the kids’ rooms! As a mum, I know how difficult it can be to get kids to just make their bed, and that’s without a deal on the line! But there’s no reason to fear, because with a little creativity and some key tips, it can be easier than you think.   First up, the paint job. Whether it’s caterpillar green or fire-engi..
Living in a property for Sale: How to Keep a Staged Home Staged!
Living in a Property for Sale How to Keep a Staged Home Staged! “Exhausting” hardly seems a strong enough word to describe the effort it seems to take to keep your home looking spotless in between open houses. Between clearing away kid’s mess, keeping a spotless kitchen, and making dirty laundry disappear, making your home look stylish on top of this can seem a little daunting. But, there is no need to fear! With a couple of my handy tips, you can beat the mess, and make sure that all the effort you spent styling lasts for more than just the first week!     ..
The Top 5 Tricks for Adding Visual Square Footage
  The Top 5 Tricks for Adding Visual Square Footage Create More Space - No Renos Required   Square footage of a property has a huge influence over whether a potential buyer makes the move, but perception of space when they walk in the door does so much more than a number in a brochure. Here are my top 5 tried and tested tips to make your home wow the buyer from the moment they walk in.   1.     Light it up The most convincing argument I can make for the importance of lighting is sending you on a trip to Ikea. Not every home has the blessi..
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Should You Use a Property Stylist?
  Should You Use a Property Stylist? Read these 4 Happy and Scary Facts to Find Out. When it comes to selling a property, making money, not spending it, is the overall goal, right? That’s why hiring a property stylist can seem a little counter-intuitive at first, and why many prospective sellers tend to overlook it. However, when it comes to making all the hassle and effort of selling worth it, having your property professionally styled can be the difference between a lengthy, difficult sales process, and a timely sale at a maximum price point. Here are 4 happy and scary facts a..
How Much Should I Sell my Second-Hand Goods For?
HOW MUCH SHOULD I SELL MY SECOND-HAND GOODS FOR?   My first foray into the business side of styling homes was in selling. A shop at the fantastic local Woolloongabba Antique Centre was the perfect fix to my (minor) antique shopping addiction; it’s okay to buy buy buy if it’s all intended to be sold again anyway! However, soon enough a new avenue of inventory emerged. A whole network of friends and family wanting to sell gorgeous pieces started to reach out. A beautiful dresser that didn’t fit in the new house or room. A statement mirror that didn’t quite match a decorating..