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Mel Hunter, property expert
WITH unemployment rising, some property experts predict the housing market will stall by Christmas.
So if you need to sell fast, consider staging your home.
Commonly used in Australia and the USA, professional home stagers “dress” your pad to convey a luxury lifestyle, securing a top price and a quick sale.
Stagers typically charge from £50 an hour, but sellers almost always make back the cash with a higher sale price.
Here professional home stager Elaine Penhaul from Lemon and Lime Interiors shares secrets from her new book, Sell High, Sell Fast, which reveals how to sell for the best price in the fastest time.
Plan – Give yourself plenty of time to declutter, decorate and do any repairs.
Know your audience – Assess who your buyer is. It’s likely to be who you were when you bought the house.
They will be viewing lots of properties so you need to make sure yours is their best option.
View your house through buyers’ eyes – Take photos and look at them on a computer screen.
This way, you can work out if you need to rearrange furniture.
Sniff out your scent – Ask friends or family to be honest about whether your house has a distinct smell, such as cigarette smoke, damp or pet odour.
Show off best assets – Arrange furniture to showcase your home and give viewers a glimpse of how life would be if they chose to live there.
Place an armchair in a sunny corner next to a side table with a cup of coffee and a book on it, or position a bottle of wine and two glasses in a secret nook in the garden. These small tricks sell a lifestyle.
Buy of the week
TRENDY Walthamstow in East London has been crowned the quickest place to sell a property, with homes on the market for an average of just 35 days, according to home.co.uk.
So be quick to grab this stylish shared- ownership E17 one-bedroom flat, on the market for £87,500 for a starting share.