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As my return to work after an amazing year
of maternity leave was drawing to an end, I watched with a smile as my
11-month-old little man crawled across my shiny clean floors with his sticky,
little hands. Suddenly, I was struck with the thought of “how on earth did that
family with THREE kids under age 5 have their house looking like a gorgeous
display home every single time I arrived to walk through the house with a buyer
(sometimes with very little notice)”?
Surely these parents were super human with
some sort of ninja cleaning and styling powers? Then, I
chuckled as I recalled the slightly more realistic family who drives off as you
arrive with three screaming kids, a dog, cat and a budgie in the back of the
car, the smell of Glen20 still lingering in the walk-in pantry and a dishwasher
Having worked in real estate for well over
10 years, I am most happy and feel like my life is in order when my house also
looks like it’s prepped for sale. I had no idea how unrealistic this was for
families with multiple little ones until I had my own little hurricane crawling
around! I can confirm that my sweet Mr H (now almost ONE) does not
appreciate my sparkling house. He is most happy when there is shepherd’s
pie all over his face and toys scattered around the house.
So, over the last few weeks I’ve been
devising a realistic strategy that people with kids can use to help get their
home sparkling clean, enticing and ready to sell! Right about now I’m sure
you’re thinking “yeah right, this will be some totally unrealistic real estate
checklist that we won’t have time to follow”… but no, it’s totally doable. I
didn’t just whip up this plan, I tested it out on my own home so that I could
in all honesty say that you can easily do it too!
I planned a photo shoot for some new
marketing photos before my return to work and offered to use my house as the
venue. I had exactly four days to get my house looking as attractive and
welcoming as possible so that my photos would look beautiful.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “sleep
while the baby sleeps”. Well, not in this case! You
want your house to sparkle? I’m telling you now – you are NOT sleeping; you are
NOT even having a quick sit-down to drink a cup of actually hot coffee! To
make your home shine you are putting on that cleaning cape the minute your
kid/s are asleep and you do not stop scrubbing until you see that baby monitor
light up. Think of it as a short season of sacrifice. You can sleep peacefully
when your house is SOLD – not right now. This unhelpful advice from people to
‘sleep while your baby sleeps’ is about as useful as the people who continually
ask you if your nine-month-old teething baby is sleeping through the night,
just because their baby slept through from 6 weeks!
Part 2 – Top Tips to get your home “Sale ready”
This is how I went about creating the dream home atmosphere to be able to SELL fast:
1. Declutter. Less stuff = less stuff to clean, and a tidy looking house!
need some inspiration to clean and organise your home, watch ‘The Home Edit’ on
Netflix. You’ll soon be addicted to culling things you don’t need and making
your home look less like a hurricane hit it and more like a Pinterest worthy
photo! Luckily for me, I caught the de-clutter bug when I was about to have my
baby so my house was already pretty minimalistic.
Statistics show that putting a little effort into styling your home can boost the sale price of your property by up to 12%
clean. Everybody loves a house that’s fresh and sparkling clean. If you
don’t have a robotic vacuum cleaner, go and buy one right now, or get used to
vacuuming a lot. We have a Roomba called Rosie and I am in love with
her! These things are a huge time saver and do an excellent job of cleaning.
You can turn them on while you have a shower, load the dishwasher or put on
laundry, and after it’s done all you need to do is mop.
arrange kid’s toys. Put half or more of your kid’s toys away in a box and
out of sight (eg: in the shed). Limit the toys to one basket full and keep them
in one area of the house. This actually works really well with the concept
of toy rotation – by playing with a smaller
selection of toys, children get the chance to focus and play on a deeper level,
rather than being overwhelmed by having too much choice in playing with “all
the things”. If toy rotation isn’t something you do in your household, then
this is the perfect way to start it!
everything off your fridge. Yes, it’s a handy place to put things like
bills and invites so you remember that they’re upcoming, but no-one else needs
to see your quarterly water and phone bills. File them and set a reminder to
get them paid. The kid’s artworks need to be put elsewhere as well. You may
feel you have a budding Picasso (or not haha) but the fridge isn’t the place to
serve as a gallery. Create a scrapbook that can be pulled out and routinely
added to so that your child feels extra special about their creative efforts.
away unnecessary décor that clashes with your vibe. Collect all the random
styling things around the home that you’ve accumulated over the past few years
and put them all in a plastic box in your shed. Why? Chances are everything
will be a dated mix of styles and you want to create a cohesive and fresh
contemporary look throughout your home. After decluttering, you can either
spend the time and make a small investment in some more current pieces, or….
the superstars from Style by Blondes and get them to wave their magic
styling wand over your home. Even I did this! I wanted a fresh look for my home
and some new inspiration in my living area (plus I had hidden anything expensive
and stylish away from Mr H’s busy little fingers).
There is no doubt that a clean,
well-presented home will attract more buyers. Statistics show that putting a
little effort into styling your home can boost the sale price of your property
by up to 12% and significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to sell!
Some other benefits of home styling are: a
faster sale, small investment for significant return, more offers, your home
will appeal to a wider market, and the entire selling process becomes less
Great options for home styling assistance:
staging – get a
stylist to come over to your sparkling clean home and add some key styling
pieces such as furniture, artwork, rugs, soft furnishings, towels, linen and
décor. These items can make a huge
difference to the presentation of your home. The cost of this can vary
depending on how many rooms you wish to style and for how long. Hiring these
items are usually charged on a weekly basis and includes delivery, styling and
hiring a professional stylist can take a significant amount of pressure off you.
Styling – get
a professional stylist to come to your home and come up with a plan to style
your home by investing in some new statement styling pieces that you can use to
add value to this home and even take to your next property. Your property
stylist will not only find you the most modern and functional items, they’ll
also tell you where you buy them and how they fit into your budget. These
ladies are the experts and know where to find the most gorgeous statement
Personally, I chose option 2 and had a
blast shopping for pieces in order to re-style some of the rooms in my home.
The team at Style by Blondes came up with some really cool pieces of furniture
and artwork that were a completely different style to my current décor. By
simply adding a rug, a coffee table, some artwork and cushions, I thoroughly
transformed my living area into a plush, warm & welcoming space.
2 would also be a great option for someone who is moving into a house they’ve
just purchased and needs some styling inspiration to help them buy the right
So, whether you’re looking to sell or
just wanting a home styling refresh, hiring a professional stylist can take a
significant amount of pressure off you. Selling a home in any market can be stressful, but a small investment in
making sure your home is presented in the most attractive light will help sell
your home faster and easier. Combine your styled home with a passionate real
estate agent with a proven track record and you’ll be SOLD in no time!