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Preparing to sell: 11 budget home styling tips to boost your property value

January 17, 2022 10:00 am by Upside

It’s no secret that styling your property pays off: real estate agents believe it adds around 2.5% to the sale value of your home, and can also help your house sell faster. However, between real estate agent fees, Capital Gains Tax, and renovations, it can be difficult as a seller to find the extra funds to invest on property styling and home staging.

Styling your home is a must if you want to appeal to buyers but contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible on a budget. If you’re listing your home, these tips for presenting your home for sale will ensure your house looks great – without breaking the bank.

1. Add a coat of paint

When you’re considering how to style to sell, one of the easiest and most effective ways to revitalise your home to add a fresh coat of paint. Paint can instantly brighten up a room, and cover up any wear and tear in your home - plus, if you do it yourself, all you’ll need to invest in is the cost of the paint, brushes, and rollers.


Keep it neutral when picking colours: stick to white, off-white, or cream so you appeal to as many buyers as possible. If your home already has a strong colour scheme or you want to add some personality, you can also choose to create a feature wall - just make sure to keep the rest of the surfaces simple to avoid any clashes.

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2. Invest in some new plants

Indoor plants and flowers make your home feel fresh and modern, and can breathe new life into even the tiredest of rooms (as long as they’re well cared for!). Add some smaller succulents or potted plants to benches and tabletops to give your property a homely feel, and invest in a couple of larger potted cacti or palm fronds in your entrance or hallway.

If you’re not sure how to lay out plants around your home, remember that plants either work well if they’re on their own, or grouped together in varying shapes and sizes - play around to see what looks best.

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3. Look outside!

80% of Aussies want a home with a yard for their family and pets, and having a well-presented outdoor space can win over potential buyers. While landscaping can cost thousands, there are plenty of little touches you can add that will make your backyard shine.

front yard

Invest in having your hedges and trees trimmed and shaped so they’re neat, mow and weed the lawns so they look well maintained, and stain the deck so it looks brand new. You can also invest in some extras to give your outdoor space added charm: think outdoor archways and DIY stepping stones pathways.

4. Hang up mirrors

Want to make a small room look bigger? Mirrors are inexpensive to pick up, and instantly give a feeling of space to any room. Big mirrors are perfect behind a sofa or shelf in the living room, or behind the headboard in a bedroom. If you have a narrow and dark hallway, mirrors are great to add space and open up the walkway.


5. Invest in a rug and linens...

Kitchens and bathroom spaces are notoriously expensive to renovate, so if you’re styling on a budget, win buyers over with your beautifully styled bedroom and living spaces instead.

Rugs are an ideal addition to your living room: they brighten up the area and transform the room’s look and feel. Choose big rugs to make an impact, but make sure they match your colour scheme: tribal or graphic prints modernise your home and pair well with most existing furniture.

When it comes to the bedroom, investing in new linens will make the room feel inviting and cosy. Like your paint, choose neutral bedding linens with minimalist designs, and opt for simple patterns over bright colours or clashing prints. If you want to add a touch more personality, a bed runner can add flair without being overbearing.

6. Ditch the heavy curtains

Ample natural light is a big drawcard for most buyers, so you’ll want to make the most of your aspect and let sunlight in as much as possible. Remove old, chunky curtains or drapes and replace them with sheer curtains or light-coloured window coverings. Plantation shutters are great because they can be opened up to let natural light or closed to keep the heat out.

7. Invest in diffusers or scented candles

It’s a real estate industry secret: make your home smell nice and it’ll instantly be more appealing to prospective buyers at inspections. Strategically place a couple of diffusers or scented candles in different rooms to help create positive associations with your home. Stick to well-known scents like vanilla and jasmine and let the sweet scents do the work for you.

8. Put up some wall art

The last thing you want is for interested buyers to walk into your home and be met with an endless stretch of beige walls lacking even a hint of character. Adding some artwork to your space will help liven it up, but be careful not to choose anything too niche or “out there”. Beachside scenes, cityscapes, black-and-white photos and neutral pieces work best to create a welcoming and stylish atmosphere.

9. Choose plush, cosy bedding

When it comes to the bedroom, investing in new linens will make the room feel inviting and cosy. Like your paint, choose neutral bedding linens with minimalist designs, and opt for simple patterns over bright colours or clashing prints. A fluffy doona with a crisp white bedcover is a great way to make a room feel fresh, spacious and sophisticated. If you want to add a touch more personality, a bed runner can add flair without being overbearing.

10. Clean and declutter

How much does property styling cost? In fact, it doesn’t have to cost anything: one of the easiest styling tricks in the book is to simply go through your home and declutter your current spaces.

When you style to sell, it’s important to design your home like a blank canvas so a buyer can imagine themselves living there. Too much clutter can be overwhelming during an inspection – remove all the toys, memorabilia, and kitchen appliances that have accumulated over the years, and open up all the curtains and windows to bring in fresh air.

11. Have your carpets or floorboards professionally cleaned

It’s worth investing in giving your home a deep clean, including professional carpet or floorboard cleaning. This removes any odours that have built up over time and will leave your home looking newer and smelling fresher.

If you’re looking for more styling and renovation tips for your property, take a look at our 10 interior design hacks to improve your property’s value before you sell.

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