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Winter Warmers

As the temperature drops outside, it is even more important to create warmth in your home when it goes onto the property market. There are a couple of different things you can do to ensure that your visitors are welcomed with some winter warmth!

Lighting

On a day when it is a bit grey outside, make sure that you have all your lights on. Use strategically placed lamps to increase the light in your property and open all of the window coverings. Consider changing your light globes as well – winter is a great time to switch out the cool globes to warm ones.

Fire

If you have a working fireplace, it is a great idea to light it up! Not only will it physically warm the property up, it also creates a wonderful ambience and feeling within home, while showing that it is more than a feature piece. There is nothing better than a cozy fireplace on a dreary winter day. Don’t despair if you don’t have a fire, just make sure you put the heaters on for your real estate agent before the open house. Remember to turn them off once your agent arrives.

Texture

A great way to add some warmth in a house is by layering textures. We have mentioned it before, heavy knit throws, faux fur and velvets are a wonderful way to add cosiness to your property this time of the year. Use these textures in your living spaces and bedrooms.

Snuggly Nooks

Take a leaf from the Scandinavians this time of year and inject some cosiness into your home. Try a beautiful reading nook. Use items like textured throws, cushions, a side table and some greenery. In fact the Danes are so good at this that they have a name for it, Hygge. If you want to read more on the Danish concept of Hygge check out our blog from last year. They really understand the need to cosy things up when the weather outside is cold. Click here – http://www.peonystaging.com.au/2017/08/hygge-what-is-it-and-how-to-embrace-it/

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Selling a Rental Property – Keeping it Tenanted or Vacant?

Making right impression is paramount when it comes to selling your home. But what happens when you don’t live in the property you own, and it is tenanted? Do you keep it tenanted or have it vacant prior to selling?

Often, home-sellers look at the loss of rental income while the property is on the market as the driver for this decision, but this could be false economy. Owners could very well lose more money than the rental income if the property is put on the market with current tenants who don’t look after the property, or perhaps have a grudge about the property being sold and them losing a place to live.

This is a tricky scenario for both the owner and tenant and so it must be handled carefully. To help, we have put together some things to consider…

Keeping it tenanted
If you have a tenant who does take great care of your property, there is always the option to get a stylist over before each open house to add decor to your property to up the ante and set a tone.

Partial styling has the ability to enrich a place, especially if the tenant agrees to keep it in good condition. However, if the tenant has any issues or access is hard, this can result in increased cost overtime. Therefore, make sure if you commit to partial styling that the tenant is taking care of the property as the hire contract and liability for damage will fall to the owner, not the renter.

If the tenants are great and present the property well and the target market for your house is other investors, it can be a benefit to have the tenants still living in the property. However, if they have a substantial time left on their lease and the target market are homeowners the opposite can occur.

Keeping it vacant
Sometimes you may feel as though the property has not been as well looked after by the tenant or you and your sales agent may simply have difficulties with gaining access to the property if it is tenanted.

If either of these are the case, consider vacating the place to do a full stage.

The benefits of a complete styling of the property can really help the prospective owners to see either themselves or future tenants in the place. Without the worries of an upset tenant, or one who leaves the property unclean and not styled to perfection, having the property vacant and styled in full may be a short-term rental loss of income, but may in turn have the ability to increase your property’s sale price.

Final words of advice…
Always lean toward selling without the tenants unless they are exceptional and are open to advice on what to put away while the opens are on.  It’s often a big ask for the tenant as they receive no benefit in doing what’s best for the landlord. Also, make sure that you are compliant with any legislation with this jurisdiction. It is important that you follow the rules! This may mean that these questions and decisions are considered well in advance.

Make sure you are considering all aspects while trying to sell your tenanted property to get the best outcome!

If you need further advice, or would like to speak further about styling your existing tenant home for sale, please contact us via our webpage contact form.

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So. You’ve decluttered your wardrobe, and you’ve arrived with a bag (or two, or three…) of clothing that you no longer wear and are finally happy to part with. What to do with it now?

To help you decide whether or not to sell or to donate, we’ve put together this blog for you. If you would like to read about how to first declutter your wardrobe, read our previous blog 101 to Decluttering: Wardrobe Series, by clicking on the link!

To sell

First thing to consider if you’re thinking of selling online? That it will take time and effort. Depending on which platform you will be selling your items can be a laborious process of creating, posting and monitoring your ads.

Keep in mind too that platforms such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace are sites whereby buyers are after a bargain. Therefore, be prepared for potential price haggles, negotiation of terms and the potential that buyers will fail to show up to pick up the item. eBay, on the other hand, is great if you do not want to deal with the risk of Clients not picking up, however, note that you will have to pay eBay a posting fee.

If you do decide to sell online, a tip is to set a price that not only reflects the value of the item, but includes the time and effort involved in listing, negotiating prices and completing the transactions. This avoids you ending up disappointed! Another tip is to set a time limit. The item needs to be photographed, listed and sold within a set time frame (I usually recommend 3 weeks).

Life gets in the way and if you don’t get started immediately, your stuff will migrate to other dumping grounds in your home, i.e. the garage!
To donate

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and your clutter is no exception. Take the value that you see in your unused items and use it to make a difference. There are some great charities around that will make use of your donations, such as:

Dress for Success – Existing to promote equality and fairness, Dress for Success is a great non-for-profit organisation dedicated for professional clothing or workwear.

Vinnies – In addition to pre-loved clothing, Vinnies is also great for the donation of any household items, or furniture. Donators are able to organise a pick-up or drop them off at their local Vinnies.

Red Nose (Children’s Wear) – All your old clothing, furniture and accessories are welcome to be donated to Red Nose, who use your donations to fund their work ‘saving little lives.’

The Uplift Project (Bra’s) – A fantastic program that connects your good quality and condition bras to women in disadvantaged communities that would otherwise go without.

No matter what you choose to do with your unused clutter, set strict rules with yourself on the value of the items you’re getting rid of. Include your time, effort and sanity in the value and double it!

Do some research into the charities you donate to and select carefully the ones that will make the most out of the value of your items.

Until next time, happy decluttering.

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101 to Decluttering: Wardrobe Series

Decluttering is the first step in creating a beautifully staged space. Not only does clearing out space minimise your visual ‘margin of error’ and reduce the amount of maintenance that your space needs, there are a number of psychological benefits to streamlining what you have in your home.

An organised space will boost your energy levels, increase your productivity and cultivate a feel-good vibe for not only your guests, but you as well. You know what they say – Calm attracts calm.

So where to begin? Usually when we think of decluttering our home, we start with the visible, communal areas of the home. However, in the quest to make these areas picture perfect, we often neglect our personal, private spaces (i.e. the bedroom).

With clothes strewn around after every outfit change and a wardrobe stuffed full to bursting, it’s a little less than picture perfect in there. Which leads us to the first part to our decluttering series: The Wardrobe.

Here’s what to look out for when decluttering the Wardrobe:

1. Clothes that don’t fit.

If you’re holding on to clothes that are too small for you, especially in the hope that they will be aspirational and fit you ‘one day’, you’re really holding on to shame and judgement about your body. Let’s have some real talk. Clothing that’s too big for you won’t flatter your body and is just taking up space. You deserve clothing that fits you, flatters you and makes you feel like a million bucks!

2. Clothes that are damaged.

Say bye to clothing with holes, are out of shape or that are faded. Ask yourself why you would allow yourself to wear clothes that are in such a state? Love yourself, treat yourself, you deserve better. Throw it in the bin or repurpose as an old rag for the next car wash.

3. New clothes that you don’t wear.

Cupboard stocked full of clothes with tags still on it? Can’t throw it out because it’s never even been worn? Sure you’ll eventually find an occasion for that skin tight leopard print maxi you bought on a whim? You’re clinging to guilt for buying something that doesn’t suit you, so instead of throwing these out, donate it to charity or hand pick a friend or family member who will LOVE it and change that money mindset!

4. Stretched out, holey, granny undies.

Underwear you’ve had since the 10th grade has no place in your grown up, adult wardrobe. Confidence starts from the inside out and you deserve your whole wardrobe (including the bits that nobody sees) to be a reflection of your self image.

Marie Kondo’s (author of the cult favourite ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’) ‘KonMarie’ method of decluttering focuses on only keeping things that bring you joy. Be aware of the emotions attached to the contents of your wardrobe, throw out anything that brings you feelings of shame, guilt or sadness. Give yourself a fashion show, try things on and have fun revisiting the joy that clothes that fit, flatter and that you love bring in to your space.

It doesn’t have to be daunting to de-clutter, breaking it down into manageable steps can keep you sane and on track to a beautifully tidy home.

Stay tuned for our next blog under 101 to Decluttering: to sell or to donate, and good luck tackling your wardrobe!

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Purple has stood the test of time – legends like Prince and David Bowie have flaunted the adventurous colour – with ultra violet being Pantone’s official colour of 2018. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this blue-based purple as a colour that can help develop inventiveness and imagination, and one “that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level”.

With that being said, who wouldn’t want a bit of that in their home?
Well. Hold your horses! – because we are not suggesting that you get out your paint and brushes. Instead we actually recommend that you look to the shade as inspiration for nonconformity when it comes to setting your home apart.

Here’s how to incorporate this bold colour in your interiors:
Decor items
Using décor items is the simplest and most cost-effective way to incorporate ultra violet into your home staging theme – it can also be the most fun, as you can play around with different textures and items, allowing yourself to explore your individuality and creativity.
Take a look at each room individually to see where the colour would be best suited in terms of layout and colour scheme, using said items to draw your prospective buyer’s eye.
Looking to show off the gorgeous mantelpiece? Utilise a crystal or agate in a deep shade of ultra violet front and center to attract the eye up.
Want to showcase the newly redone kitchen counters? Place a sole vibrant orchid to focus attention on the remodel.
Furniture Accessories
While we don’t recommend replacing all of your furniture with a matching ultra violet set, incorporating the colour into furniture accessories is the best of both worlds in order to be able to showcase ultra violet while not alienating your home from potential buyers.
Look to cushions and throw blankets to add that pop of colour and vibrancy to a room as a last minute, lived-in touch. Similar to the age-old rule of removing one accessory before leaving the house, be mindful that less truly is more.
If you’re feeling brave, take this tip one step further with a statement piece (think lounge chair or loveseat). Keep in mind that this piece would be the focal point of the room – and maybe the whole house – so be fully committed to its upkeep, and minimize other colours accordingly.
Artwork
If you’re looking for a way to elevate your home, look no further than the art world given its propensity to correlate with our perceptions. Artwork is a simple way to attract potential buyers’ attention, with key pieces not only being great eye-catchers but talking points.
Find a piece of art that is up-to-date, but can also stand the test of time and varying tastes. Look for pieces that are neutral yet still interesting, with no words or religious intonations to avoid detracting potential buyers.
Use artwork thoughtfully, with larger pieces in key rooms that have lots of white space so as not to engulf the rest of the area. Focal points for buyers, such as the entryway with a high ceiling or the master bedroom with a blank wall above the bed, are areas that are crying out for colour and attention.

So there you have it.
By including ultra violet in your home staging, you’re able to inject some additional adventurous personality into your home, encouraging your potential buyers to jumpstart their imaginations in this space. Keep to minimal pops of colour throughout with the above tips, and your home will present itself as one that includes modernity and emboldens potential buyers to aspire for their home to be something more.

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