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