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How to style your property to sell it fast

Creating a spark with prospective buyers could not only help you to achieve a quick sale, it could also help you secure a better price. And if you can attract multiple suitors, it may even start a bidding war at auction that really benefits your hip pocket. Here are our top tips for impressing prospective buyers.


Your personal clutter is going to make it more difficult for prospective buyers to clearly see the space and your home’s best features. Decluttering will make your home seem as spacious as possible and will give buyers a blank canvas so they can start imagining where their own things will fit.

Give your home some TLC

To achieve a higher-priced sale for your home, you need to make sure the property is looking its absolute best, so clean everything thoroughly and make sure the windows are sparkling. Employ professional cleaners, if need be. It’s also a good idea to take care of all the maintenance jobs, like filling cracks, retouching the paintwork and re-grouting the bathroom tiles. If you have pets, remove all traces of your furry family members. If the garden is looking like a scene from Jurassic Park, tame the beast and make sure it’s well presented. A little love goes a long way!

Style your home for maximum appeal

If you’re a fan of TV shows like The Block, you’d know that the right kind of styling can make all the difference to the look and feel of a room. For inspiration, start by checking out some of the latest décor and home magazines or websites to find out what’s in vogue. Publications such as Australian House and Garden and Real Living can provide plenty of great styling tips.

Adding rolled-up towels and candles to the bathroom can work well, while fresh flowers or fruit in the dining room or kitchen can add warmth and colour. If your kitchen is likely to be a drawcard for buyers, consider upgrading the appliances. Make sure the lighting is spot on by using different effects to create a warm, friendly vibe. Be sure to air out your home before the inspection and ensure the temperature is comfortable on the day.

Don’t forget the outside

An attractive exterior can lead to love at first sight, so try to maximise the street appeal of your property. Pressure-wash the driveway and deck if applicable and be sure to repair any cracks.

In terms of the back garden, consider what your target audience wants. If it is a family, make sure the garden is a great place for family gatherings and child friendly. If it is a young first-home buyer or couple, they may like a place to BBQ. If it’s an investor, they’ll want something low maintenance, so it’s more attractive to tenants. If you can fascinate their imaginations, buyers are more likely to splash out on your home.

We hope you find these styling tips help you sell your old home quickly! But if you’re working on selling your old home and moving on to a new one, don’t forget to talk to us about your plans early on in the process. We’re here to help you can find the right home loan for your needs and next home buying goals.

The information provided is general information only and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. Your full financial situation will need to be reviewed prior to acceptance of any offer or product. This article does not constitute legal, tax or financial advice and you should always seek professional advice in relation to your individual circumstances. Subject to lenders terms and conditions, fees and charges and eligibility criteria apply.