Neale Whi­taker:

Prep­ping a prop­erty for sale is a fine art – but a fun one, too

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De­sign guru of­fers his tips for prep­ping a prop­erty for sale

We’ll be back on The Block soon and al­though I can’t give too much away yet, I can at least share the lo­ca­tion. Af­ter all, it’s prob­a­bly the worst-kept se­cret in Mel­bourne.This year’s Block­heads will be fac­ing off in the beach­side sub­urb of St Kilda for what prom­ises to be the show’s big­gest-ever sea­son. I know I say that ev­ery time, but

The Block re­ally does keep on grow­ing. Quite lit­er­ally. For the con­tes­tants, land­ing on Planet Block is al­ways a bap­tism of fire. How­ever metic­u­lously they’ve stud­ied the for­mat in pre­vi­ous sea­sons, how­ever many renos they have be­neath their tool belts, noth­ing pre­pares them for day-to-day life in TV’s cra­zi­est pres­sure cooker.

So, some sage ad­vice for the Block­heads-in-wait­ing might not go amiss at this pre­lim­i­nary stage. Ren­o­vat­ing to sell is a tricky busi­ness, es­pe­cially when there are three ex­act­ing judges to be sat­is­fied each week. Here’s a re­fresher course and crib sheet com­bined. Re­peat af­ter me…

Know your mar­ket. Who’s buy­ing in your sub­urb? What prices are prop­er­ties sim­i­lar to yours achiev­ing? When it comes to styling,don’t po­larise.We all know one man’s meat is an­other man’s

pois­son,one’s trash an­other’s trea­sure. But give your­self a fight­ing chance – your buyer needs to imag­ine their life in your space, so help them along with calm,neu­tral fur­nish­ings.That doesn’t al­ways mean beige, but it might mean you keep the reds and yel­lows – even the oh-so-cool greens – to a min­i­mum. Those soft blues and greys that abound at the mo­ment are prob­a­bly your best friends.And re­mem­ber that wall art has a voice.You want it to speak to your buyer in sooth­ing, gen­tle tones – not scream, bark or holler.

In­creas­ingly, modern life is about liv­ing zones, not rooms. Mak­ing your home feel light, spa­cious and open will work in your favour, as will em­pha­sis­ing the flow be­tween in­door and out­door. De­clut­ter­ing is es­sen­tial.You’ve heard it be­fore on this page, but noth­ing de­val­ues your home – or makes it feel small and tired be­fore its time – like a sur­feit of stuff.You need to demon­strate the po­ten­tial of stor­age, not the lim­i­ta­tion. In other words, clear out the cup­boards. Put the junk in a trunk.

And fi­nally, don’t for­get street ap­peal. First im­pres­sions are im­me­di­ate and last­ing.Would you buy the car with the rust and the dents? No, I thought not. Block­head class of 2018, take note. Neale Whi­taker is edi­tor-at-large of Vogue Liv­ing.

“De­clut­ter­ing is es­sen­tial. Noth­ing de­val­ues your home like a sur­feit of stuff”

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