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IN­TE­RIOR dec­o­ra­tor Michelle Gille­spie has helped sell her share of homes, but when it comes to sell­ing her own she pulls out all the stops.

Her first words of ad­vice — al­ways ex­pect a buyer to come past at any time. ‘‘You’re not in a po­si­tion to say some­one can’t come in to­day,’’ she said.

Clean­ing the house, in­side and out, needs to be a daily ex­er­cise — and clean out cup­boards and draw­ers as well.

‘‘Store some things in a friend’s garage — you will show the space that you really get,’’ she said.

Once your house is clean, peo­ple are more likely to no­tice unique char­ac­ter­is­tics, Ms Gille­spie said.

One small trick she and her part­ner Rob are us­ing to help sell their home at 22 Rheanva St, Ber­wick, is putting LED lights in­side cup­boards to show off stor­age space and as some­thing peo­ple will want in their home.

She also ad­vises shop­ping around and dec­o­rat­ing well in ad­vance of bring­ing in an agent for val­u­a­tions.

‘‘Don’t get an agent around un­til you are 100 per cent done,’’ she said.

Out­side, $100 will buy some palm trees in pots that can add green­ery, won’t make a mess and can leave with you. But re­mem­ber buy­ers are really look­ing at the blank can­vas be­hind your de­sign, she said.

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