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Trish J
brilliant article. Mid last year I intended to buy a new apartment off the plan (I've since changed my mind because of falling property prices), nonetheless I decided to continue the process of finishing my home as if I was selling and to suit me, I had allowed 2 yrs. Biggest problem was finding a designer to work on a fixed fee basis to help with the process of design and phase planning only as I am happy to commission and project manage the work. I couldn't find anyone local so ended up relying on Houzz stories, articles and product recommendations. The new exterior, decks and downstairs windows, upgraded powder rooms are looking stunning and planning now for minor change to kitchen and new interior colour scheme.
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Lynette Ludbrook

When preparing to sell my Melbourne home, I minimised clutter and set the home up to please potential buyers. I moved so much stuff around to make my place appeal, from then on I was able to disconnect with it as my home and it became a place to maximise capital value for me instead. I tried to think as a buyer, instead of using the home to suit myself. The revamped house did not really work for me, as my books had been banished out of my living areas. My bedroom looked good, but furniture placement was not as convenient as it had been, although the room looked much more spacious! I painted everything that needed a freshen up, including some very unappealing tiles and reorganised my collection of pot plants to maximise colour boosts in the back garden. I presented two elfresco dining areas front and back of the house. I also advertised my home to appeal to sustainable living market, popular in the area, as I had installed solar hot water and PVC electricity generation, as well as having planted an essentially edible cottage garden.


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HU-96441120923

Minimised clutter by starting the packing for the move and stored the boxes in the garage, sold or gave away HEAPS of stuff I was never going to need or be able to accommodate in my new downsized home. But didn't remove all personal stuff, art, books etc - house still has to look like a home. Instant colour in pots on the deck, painted one exterior wall, water-blasted all outside concrete. Removed small occasional furniture, dog stuff relegated to outside. Generally made space look as open, light and spacious as possible. And of course a major clean inside and out! Shiny windows and cobweb-free gutters and down-pipes!

House sold in about 4 days, way over what I expected to get for it! RESULT!

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