first_img IMPROVE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME ON ANY BUDGET New York bidder secures inner Brisbane investment FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK New carpets and rugs always add value. Photo: supplied Brass handles, pendant lights and tapware give a cool space a touch of warmth. Photo: supplied This house at 34 White St, Graceville has been styled for sale by Cape Cod Residential. Photo: suppliedEvery house deserves its wedding day and professional staging may help pay for a honeymoon as well.But former Housing Industry of Australia property stylist of the year, Anne-Maree Russell, says there’s some simple things a seller can do to improve the perceived value of their home before the final dressing. The main living zones at 34 White St, Graceville.“Paint, paint, paint,” Ms Russell said. $100 — paint Try neutral paint tones to brighten smaller rooms. Photo: supplied $5000 — paint, landscaping and new carpets MORE PROPERTY STORIES Give the garden a makeover and don’t forget street appeal. Photo: supplied “Paint is magic. It’s the most important thing.“If we’re talking to sellers six months in advance, our advice is there’s no need to put on a deck, but freshen up the paint, replace the carpets, put some plants at the front door and create a better first impression.”Working with a brand new Hamptons-style home like 34 White Street at Graceville from Sabdia Constructions, the challenge has been to accentuate the possibilities.“Ninety per cent of people cannot visualise furniture in a home,” she said.“So we want to show people scale and what furniture fits in what rooms and we also want to sell them a dream of what it would be like to live there.” The outdoor entertainment area and pool at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedMuhammad Sabdia builds between 15-20 homes a year mainly in Brisbane’s inner south east but in the south western suburb of Graceville he found a 582sq m corner block that gave him a 40m street frontage.“I spend a lot of time on design, the layout for that corner blook in general is what works the best,” Mr Sabdia said.“And then you have the really large living, dining and kitchen area with a grand void and the connection between the kitchen, pantry, scullery, mud room and garage, that really flows well.” The functional layout includes ample shelving in the pantry. Photo: suppliedMs Russell has given the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home a coastal luxe theme, starting with brushed brass accents to match the tapware, chandeliers and wall sconces. The bathroom at 34 White St, Graceville. Photo: suppliedCool whites and greys, underscored by the light Herringbone oak floors, are complemented with soft blue accessories with navy velvet as a centrepiece. Navy velvet highlights accentuate the home’s high end finishes. Photo:Anne-Maree Russell has invested five years’ worth of real estate profits into exquisite designer furniture and accessories to style the properties she sells through Cape Cod Residential.Currently her warehouse has enough stock to style up to 25 homes, from luxury pads to the humble first home, and she says a properly styled home could add between $5000 to 25 per cent to the sale price of a property.“Our sweet spot is those family homes around the $800,000 to $1.5 million. That’s where the majority of the buyers are.”She said an average home can be fully staged using between $30,000 to $50,000 worth of furniture and additional props.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago $10,000 — paint, landscaping, new carpets, and rejuvenate the kitchen and bathrooms with new handles, fresh tiles and a splashback $1000 — paint and rejuvenate the landscaping Wednesday deadline for Skate Bowl Houselast_img read more