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The goal of cleaning, decluttering and styling your home for sale is so buyers can imagine themselves living there, enjoying the space and its key features. The key is to present your home in a way that allows buyers to feel like they could move in tomorrow. 


However much you love the photo gallery wall or cabinet collection of framed family photos you have, they must go. Remember, buyers can’t visualise themselves in the home if they see your family. Plus, photos of you are a distraction; are they checking you out or the property? 


Family heirlooms, such as furniture you inherited from parents or grandparents, can look old-fashioned and out of place, rather than classic. Inherited pieces will distract buyers from imagining where they could place their own belongings. It’s best to keep furniture to a minimum so it defines the space but doesn’t overwhelm it. 


Your home should feel neutral. Giving the prospective buyer a blank canvas on which they can add their personal touch. You should seduce buyers with the home’s lifestyle, not your personal style. If you don’t want to engage a professional stylist, you can do some simple styling yourself. For example, add table settings to your dining table or set up your outdoor entertaining area. An ice bucket, a bottle of champagne, and some glasses will set the scene. 


Remember, your home is competing with other homes for sale at the same time, so showcase your home in its best light.


If you are curious to know how much or how little to do to your home, give me a call.


Karen Page
Friendly, caring and attentive, Karen Page is a customer focused professional with a genuine passion for helping people transition through the different stages of their life.