DESIGNS ON PREPARATION
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.