How sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive tricks can boost your prop­erty.

Sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive tricks will boost your prop­erty’s ap­peal

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME // INSIDE TODAY - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

IF YOU are about to sell your home there are a few things you can do to make it ap­pear more ap­peal­ing. Why not try to get the very best price for your home?

◗ MAKE YOUR FRONT DOOR A BOLD STATE­MENT: Front doors are the first im­pres­sion po­ten­tial buy­ers have when look­ing at your home. And a good way to make a great first im­pres­sion is to make a state­ment of your front door. Th­ese days it is trendy to give your front door a coat of bright coloured paint that will suit the style of your home. A beau­ti­fully painted front door is eye-catch­ing from the street and looks fan­tas­tic in real es­tate pho­to­graphs, as well as more mem­o­rable.

MAKE SURE YOUR GAR­DENS AT THE EN­TRANCE ARE NEAT AND TIDY: Re­move any rub­bish from around the front of your yard and that any trees or bushes are neatly pruned. En­sure weeds are re­moved and the lawn is freshly mowed. A fresh load of mulch al­ways looks at­trac­tive, too.

◗ IN­STALL BRIGHTER LIGHT BULBS THROUGH­OUT THE HOUSE: Po­ten­tials buy­ers do not want a dark house. Throw open all the win­dows and cur­tains and en­sure all the lights are on when you show the home. A good way of cheaply im­prov­ing the light­ing in your home is to in­stall new, brighter light bulbs in the cur­rent light­ing fix­tures.

◗ EN­SURE YOUR HOME SMELLS AMAZ­ING: Ev­ery­body loves to have a fresh and lovely smelling home. The trick is to use scents that aren’t too over­pow­er­ing: nat­u­ral reme­dies or store-bought smells can make all the dif­fer­ence. Scented can­dles can re­ally bring a fresh smell to your home as well.

◗ DITCH THE CLUT­TER: Yes, the clut­ter needs to go. No­body wants to be ma­noeu­ver­ing around un­nec­es­sary items or try­ing to en­vi­sion buy­ing a home when clut­ter is in the way. Ob­struc­tion around the house is a big no no. For op­ti­mal in­ter­est aim to have spa­cious, tidy and well thought out place­ment of items around the house lay­out. This will boost how buy­ers see the home and give them a fresh idea as to how the house will look when filled with their own per­sonal items. Th­ese are cheap, easy and quick ways to make sure your home is look­ing its very best so that you get the very best dol­lars.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

Make sure your home is tidy and free of clut­ter to im­prove your chances of mak­ing a sale.

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