Styling your home is the latest fashion in real estate. It simply means having your home professionally dressed or styled when preparing to put your home on the market. Styling can maximise the final sale value of your home. However, if you’re on a budget and you want to try it for yourself, try these five home staging tips.

  1. Give your home a mini Reno.

You only get one shot at a first impression, and buyers will tend to judge the book by its cover. The first step is to dress up your home’s façade. A few litres of glossy paint in a bold, cheerful colour for the front door, a new letterbox or some colourful pot plants on the porch can radically improve your home’s street appeal.

  1. Minimalize

Want to know how to prepare your house for sale in just two essential steps? Clear out and clean up. Take it one room at a time but be ruthless. If you can’t bring yourself to throw stuff out, box it and store it offsite.

Your furniture can also create a sense of clutter, so take a good look at what you have and work out what you can live without. Remember, every metre of exposed floor creates more size and space for buyers to fall in love with and on inspection day, space is everything.

  1. Move furniture away from walls

We tend to push furniture against walls – especially sofas. But when preparing for home inspection, try repositioning furniture into cosy groups and creating traffic flow between pieces. This helps open up a room and makes it seem larger.

  1. Let there be light

Bring more natural light into rooms by replacing heavy drapes with light, curtains or Roman blinds that will still preserve privacy at night. If windows are narrow, curtain rods that extend half a metre on each side of the window are a good choice, it creates the illusion of width.

  1. Artwork

By this stage you’ve added light and space to your home, now’s the time to find out how to style your home for sale using artworks and accessories.

Rather than hanging art along the same horizontal line, try various grouping patterns. Hanging art in a vertical line can accentuate high ceilings. Or create interest by grouping art with a similar theme or colours. Remember, less in sometimes more so consider one or two well-chosen pieces rather than a “busy” look.

Lastly, add the finishing touches to rooms with accessories that complement the overall theme. For example, if your lounge is a forest green, look for accessories in varying shades of blue. Group items by shape or texture – a side table, can be brought to life by a lamp, a vase and a book placed in a triangle formation rather than in a straight line.

Add splashes of colour with flowers or pot plants, and, above all – be different! Taking a fresh approach with these and other home styling tips can create buyer appeal for even the most tired home.