If you’re selling your home, it’s always great to invest a little into styling your home so it presents in its best possible light to potential buyers. The real beauty is that a fresh pair of eyes is looking at your home in the way a buyer would, and they know what they’re usually looking for.

But if that’s out of your budget or if you’d rather do some DIY, here are some great tips I’ve learnt over the years:

Upgrade the exterior

  • Paint or replace the front door
  • Check the lighting is doing you favours and invest in some solar lights if you need more light

First impressions

  • Make the entrance to your home feel as large as possible by decluttering, removing excess furniture and adding mirrors
  • Decorate neutrally if you’re planning on painting
  • Create a focal point that draws the buyer into your home
  • Coordinate your soft furnishings
  • Declutter everywhere
  • Remove family photos and personal memorabilia
  • Style your surfaces minimally and tastefully

Create the scene

  • Set the table beautifully as if you were about to host a dinner party
  • Make the bedrooms feel lush and luxurious
  • Make sure your bathroom towels are fluffy and clean
  • If you have a home office, make sure it looks like the perfect workspace
  • Tidy the garage so there is plenty of space for cars and well organised storage

Clean and organise

  • Clean the kitchen tiles, the rangehood, the oven and the hotplates
  • Wipe out the pantry
  • Organise the wardrobes
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned
  • Clean the windows

And finally, flood it with natural light if at all possible. This might mean trimming trees or plants close to the house or simply opening blinds and curtains.

Light is often the feature that can really get the potential buyer across the line.

And if you’re not selling, why not do this anyway and you might just fall in love with your home all over again.