Look Home Staging styled 94 Berry Street at Sherwood, which is on the market with Place New FarmPlanning to sell your family home? You had better box up any emotional baggage. Sure, your collection of travel curios may bring back fond memories, and that quirky family photograph may prompt a chuckle, but they can be a huge turn-off for potential buyers.“The point of staging a house for sale is to encourage buyers to imagine themselves living in the home, creating an immediate emotional connection with the property,” Laura Sinclair of Place Graceville said. “This is difficult to achieve when the house is still filled with personal items from the current owners.”Ms Sinclair said there were six things to always consider when preparing a property.“The No. 1 rule of staging a house for sale is to use a minimalist approach. Clutter is distracting and makes spaces feel smaller, by decluttering you invite buyers to view a functional space, rather than mess,” she said.Lighting is also an important factor and can even impact the mood of a potential buyer. Ms Sinclair said ensure there is plenty of natural light flowing in, and when that’s not possible, switch every available light on.As for street appeal, Ms Sinclair said a good first impression could make a buyer fall in love with a property before they even stepped through the front door. Look Home Staging styled 94 Berry Street at Sherwood, which is on the market with Place New Farm“Think about freshening up the garden or painting the front fence,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoSelling a house was also not the time to “flaunt bold colours”, with neutral tones appealing to more buyers.A clean house was also a major selling point, with Ms Sinclair noting something as simple as a dirty sink could be a deal-breaker.And finally, the hardest part – turning a property from a home into a stranger’s dream house.“When selling your property, it can be helpful to remove family photos, cards and any other personal items which may distract potential buyers from seeing their own future in the home,” she said. Woman cleaning the kitchen. Picture: ThinkstockBrisbane’s Look Home Staging founder Heidi Fenton-Smith said having renters still living in the house was also often a turn-off for buyers.“They are not invested in the process and therefore shouldn’t be given the task of presenting the property for sale,” she said. “Buyers and investors do find it difficult to look past the furniture and/or mess.” And don’t forget the pool and gardens. Thinkstock. Ms Fenton-Smith, who has styled many homes for sale, said that owners who had lived in the property for a long time often could see the negatives that would be clearly visible to people visiting for the first time. She said home styling was no longer just used to promote a high-end sale.“Many of the properties we style are low-mid range houses, townhouses and units,” Ms Fenton-Smith said. “Statistics show that styled properties sell faster and for a higher price.”
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers are planning to fly to Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, and Howard said he would meet the rest of the team there.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Howard’s return to the Lakers six years after his first stint has been less prolific (7.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg) but far more successful with the team sitting at first place in the West headed into the restart. Howard has been a fixture in some of the team’s most effective bench lineups, offering physicality and defense and helping slide Anthony Davis to his preferred position at power forward.Related Articles In the last week, the Lakers affirmed that they had submitted Howard on their Orlando roster, believing that he would eventually join them.“He wants to play,” coach Frank Vogel said last week. “We’re hopeful that he’s able to join us. He has an extenuating circumstance that he’s working with the league on in terms of what that is ultimately going to look like. But we’re hopeful and optimistic that he’ll be able to join us in Orlando.”The Lakers will quarantine upon arrival at Disney for two days before beginning practices onsite at the campus. They’ll begin play officially on July 30 against the Clippers. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers But Howard was shaken after the mother of one of his children died during the hiatus, and spent most of it away from the team in his home state of Georgia. He also issued public statements in June, after the death of George Floyd, that drew upon concerns that basketball could divert attention from social justice issues.He reiterated some of those concerns on his CNN appearance, but also said he thinks the NBA restart will be a platform unto itself for players to speak out.“I just don’t want to let this moment slip by,” he said. “I feel we have an opportunity right now just ahead of us still to make some real strides and changes in our nation. I do think basketball will resume, and I think there’s some great opportunities in the bubble to really cause some impact and change in our nation and society.” Dwight Howard will join the Lakers for the restart of the NBA season, he announced Monday night.The 34-year-old center went on CNN Tonight on Monday to confirm that he will play after weeks of speculation that he might sit out. One of the Lakers’ key rotation players, Howard’s commitment helps bolster the team’s quest for a championship in a season of unprecedented hurdles.Howard, who has expressed a desire to focus on social issues, told CNN will donate the remainder of his game checks to his charity, Breathe Again, which he founded in 2015 in response to police violence against Black people.“I have an contractual obligation to my teammates, to my fans, to the Lakers, the organization, everyone,” Howard said. “But at the same time, I have an obligation to my family and my community. So yes, I will be joining my team in Orlando, but during that time we will be getting a lot of work done here in Atlanta and around the nation as far as making sure people don’t forget about us and what’s going on.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LONDON – European film and TV writers demonstrated Wednesday in support of their striking U.S. colleagues. Several dozen writers rallied in front of the headquarters of Britain’s main union federation holding red-and-black placards saying: “We Support the Writers Guild of America.” Mark Burton, a British writer whose credits include “Madagascar” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” said the issue at stake was “how you pay creative artists in the digital world. Producers see an opportunity to seize more territory for themselves,” said Burton, a WGA member whose American projects are on hold. The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since Nov. 5, halting production on many TV shows and movies. The main issue: payment for work broadcast on the Internet and mobile phones. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsPlaywright David Edgar, president of the 2,000-strong Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, said that without payment for Internet use, writers’ relationship to their work was like “the widget-maker’s relationship to the widget once it is made – that is, none at all.” In Paris, a few dozen screenwriters and others joined a march from the Opera Garnier to the Trocadero Plaza across from the Eiffel Tower in support of their American counterparts. They held up signs saying “French Screenwriters Are Angry” and “Our Creative Work is Under Threat.” In Berlin, about 30 scriptwriters and actors gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate. “We have a different situation, but we are all banding together and standing together,” said German scriptwriter Anne Mueller. Australian scriptwriters also supported their U.S. counterparts, with Australian Writers Guild members rallying in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!