Next step is to make your home seem as much as possible like a blank slate.

Key Point: You want it to seem liveable, not lived in. This helps potential buyers to picture their furniture and their own lives in your space. You want the buyer notice the features of the property, not pondering the lives of the current owners.

This means tidying away your collection of… merchandise. For each item, consider, does it have a “really great story”? If so – get rid of it! Basically anything that goes “straight to the pool room” should not be present during your open house.

A great way to de-personalise is to make everything as neutral as possible. Paint boldly coloured walls a natural colour – house paint can be a seller’s best friend. Don’t forget to take down any personal photos — especially those depicting the big house party you had last year!

Important: When thinking about selling you home, this is the best time to speak to a mortgage broker about your home loan options. It is highly likely that you will get a better loan by using a mortgage broker to assess thousands of loan options for you, than just talking to your existing lender.