Dressing your house for sale

What a major job it is to dress your property for sale when it is to be viewed by the public. If you have a large block of land and house, its a mammoth task! I have had weeks of clearing out clutter so we could paint it again and then just when we began to enjoy living here again we made the decision to sell our home of 15 years and move more permanently to Tasmania. Well it is a practical decision since we have just spent so much time and money on this lovely old house it and of course it is looking better than ever.

One of the best things about owning a house with history and good bones is that it just does not date. The craze for double and even three-story boxes has spread on all the old (spare land carved from larger blocks) and new suburbs. I actually like contemporary houses also but there is such a sameness about this current wave of boxes.

Entrance - a bridge instead of high stairs

Our 1920’s circa ‘Bell House’ is not in fear of looking dated in another 10-15 years time. The entrance is usually flourishing with white flowering Bougainvillea but we had to cut it down for the repaint.

Setting the table for the photographer (all are my photos taken after he left)

We have looked at other houses for sale and the trend is for the owners to clear it out and bring in rented furniture. This is giving everyone an expectation that everything must look immaculate. I think the sheets are even ironed on the beds I see in these houses. It is quite a standard to live up to and I admit I had a go at ironing the side of one of the beds where the sheet was exposed. I must be going mad!

None of the furniture is rented – it is ours and how we live. No generic decor for us, it is our own quirky hotch-potch of items collected over many years. Roz



  1. #1 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on June 23, 2010 - 3:01 am

    Well done! Yours looks like a warm and welcoming home, whereas many of the “dressed” houses look like showpieces! I hope it sells well for you, Roz…

    Cheers, Celia

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