Sell Your House in a Month!

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am


Sell Your House in a Month!
by Cassandra Rios
Amazon Digital Services (e-book)

Few people in Hong Kong stage homes they want to sell, although the practice is increasingly common in the West and could catch on here if the property market starts sinking. Cassandra Rios promises you'll offload your property in a month if you follow her tips, inexpensive ways of showing off your home in its best light. First-timers will probably glean a few handy points. Everyone else will flip through thinking the advice is obvious: clean, de-clutter and de-personalise, which means removing family photos and knick-knacks and hiding the family pet. Those willing to spend time staging their homes could also paint, or rearrange the furniture so it looks good, rather than being practical. Open windows, Rios suggests, and draw back curtains, even if the fabric is pretty. She also recommends placing a collection of mirrors on the opposite wall so the reflection will make the room appear bigger. Rios, who stages homes professionally in the US, writes the On the Cheap series that offers thrifty options for home improvements. But as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.