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How to Quickly Add Value to Your House Before Selling

1. Freshen the house with some paint

A fresh coat of paint can transform a house and add serious value. Choose a neutral colour, such as white, to appeal to as many people possible. Choosing white will also give your buyers a blank canvas for them to apply their own personality while not offending anyone with bright colours.

One thing to remember when re-paining your home for selling, you’re not after a perfect paint job. Your goal should be to make the house appeal to as many potential buyers possible, chances are they will repaint it anyway.

2. Update flooring

While adding fresh paint to the walls will make your house instantly look better, nothing can improve old, warn and depressing floors. Updating your flooring can be easy and doesn’t have to break the bank.

Some carpets can be addressed with a professional steam clean, but other carpets are just too far past it’s use-by-date. Update your old carpet with a colour that will complement your wall paint. Darker carpet will make your home feel smaller and more intimate while lighter carpet will open up the room and make it feel larger.

Similarly, with carpet, floorboards have a use-by-date too and sometimes they are too far gone to be saved. Floorboards are generally easier to maintain than carpet and are easily installed. With numerous options to fit everyone’s budgets, floorboards are a great choice for your home.

3. Spruce up the garden

The garden can be the icing on the cake for potential buyers so it’s worth spending some quality time ensuring it is up to standard. Ensure plants are trimmed and well maintained. Fill in any blank spaces with additional plants to prevent the garden from looking bare. It may be worth hiring a high-pressure cleaner to ensure your paths, decking and outside of the house is clean. Wipe down any outdoor furniture and ensure your fence is presentable.

If you’re not feeling up to the task, hire a gardener who can ensure your garden will be perfect come auction day.

4. Kitchens sell houses

The saying often goes that kitchens sell houses. Ensuring your kitchen is up to date is one of the simplest ways to guarantee your house doesn’t just sell but you get the most money possible. If your kitchen has seen better days, consider getting a new one installed. Affordable kitchens can be purchased from major retailers such as Ikea and Bunnings Warehouse.

You don’t need to break the bank to update your kitchen, sometimes all that is needed is a face lift. Paint the cupboards or consider replacing the cupboard with new modern doors and handles. New benchtops can easily be installed and simple upgrades to the splashback and tap fittings will make your kitchen look like new.

5. Window treatments make all the difference

Freshly painted walls, new flooring and the perfect kitchen can be let down by a simple decoration, window treatments. Old, damaged blinds can outdo all your hard-renovating work so when updating your house don’t overlook the power of new blinds. The great news is that new blinds are easy to install with plenty of options for all price ranges.

Plain white roller blinds are affordable and will appeal to a large number of potential buyers. Make the room look softer by installing floor to ceiling sheer blinds which span across the whole wall. Find inspiration on Pinterest for the perfect blinds for your space.

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How to organise your house like Marie Kondo

Who is Marie Kondo you ask? From the tender age of 5, Marie Kondo has found a passion in organising mess. Born and raised in Tokyo, Kondo owns a business, which helps others transform their homes and lives by tidying the right way through her KonMari Method. Her unusual tidying techniques has scored her a Netflix show and viewers are slowly decluttering their homes because of it. Here is how you can use the KonMari Method to transform your home.

Step 1.

Visualise the kind of life you want in the coming year. Kondo says having a clear vision and goal will motivate you throughout the KonMari Method and guide you to the right ending.

Step 2.

Start with clothing. Kondo suggests bringing all your clothes into the one space in the same pile. Kondo’s unique method involves handling each item one by one and determining if that item brings you joy. Kondo explains that instead of focusing on throwing things away, we should be looking for items that we cherish and love. So, hold each piece individually and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” if it does it stays and if not, the item is discarded.

Step 3.

Tidy by category, not location. Kondo splits the house into 5 categories. Clothes, books, papers, Komono (miscellaneous) and sentimental items.  Kondo explains that many items that belong to the same category are placed in multiple locations. Tidying by category allows you to view all the items from that category at the same time and takes away any confusion multiple locations may have. Ensure everything that is going to be discarded is done so before placing items back.

Step 4.

Tidy all at once not small steps. By tidying the whole house in the same period, it ensures you don’t fall back to your old cluttering habits. She says tidying your house should be a special occasion not a daily chore. Allocating 6 months to organising your whole house is a good guideline.

Step 5.

Thank your discarded items. Kondo says it’s important to thank each item you discarded. Take a moment to thank the item for everything it has provided you with and discard it gently to show that thankfulness.

An organised home will make your life feel less cluttered, disorganised and stressed. When it comes time to move to a new house there is a huge advantage to having an organised, clutter free house. You will have less stuff to move and items will already be organised into categories making for a lot smoother moving experience.

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How to Downsize

Downsizing will happen to most people at least once in their life. Whether it is because you no longer need the extra rooms, or you can no longer afford your current house. Downsizing can be stressful, emotional and time consuming but with our tips you can avoid the stress and make downsizing an enjoyable and easy process.

Enter the right mind-set

Don’t feel sad about downsizing. Instead focus on the positives; decreased maintenance costs and bills, easier upkeep and simplified living are all benefits of having a smaller home. Perhaps you are moving closer to the city, which will provide more transport options thus reducing your petrol costs. Or maybe you are downsizing for financial reasons, having lower bills, rent or mortgage will reduce those financial pressures and you can concentrate on enjoying your life instead. Always look at the positives in this situation and moving will be far easier.

Take inventory of your stuff

Make a list of all your belongings so you can decide what to keep, donate, throw out or sell.  Take it one room at a time and spread it out over a number of days. Ideally start this process nice and early so you have plenty of time to get rid of the items you don’t need.

Minimise unnecessary and duplicate items

Go through your items and ensure you don’t have duplicates. The kitchen is a hotbed for duplicate items. No one needs more than one bottle opener or spatula. Additionally, throw out any items which you have a spare, just in case twin. Do you really need two cardigans, exactly the same colour and design?  Keeping these “just in case” items takes up precious room you will not have in your new house.

Find a purpose

When moving into a smaller place, every corner, wall and inch of floor is valuable. That corner in your living room could be a home office or that cupboard under the stairs could be the perfect storage room. Additionally, find purpose for the items you are bringing into your new house and ensure everything you are packing is necessary.

Keep the clutter out

Ensuring you move into your new place with minimal items is good but so is ensuring it does not become cluttered in the future. Set yourself some rules whether that is one in one out or perhaps choosing high quality items which you buy less frequently. Additionally, smart storage solutions and furniture will allow your house to look less cluttered. Mount your TV on the wall and use a wireless printer are all ways for your house to look less cluttered.

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