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Property Styling Suppliers

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We’ve included in this post some of our primary suppliers of Property Styling Stock so that you can make an informed decision about which property stylist to use.  We’ve made a decision not use budget or cheap options for property styling stock for a couple of reasons.

  1. The quality doesn’t withstand the rigours of property styling work.
  2. It’s evident.

So here are some of major suppliers of furniture and accessories for you to check out.

Property Styling Suppliers – Furniture

Our main furniture items are supplied in Melbourne by wholesalers like:

Globewest

SK Designer Living

Innovatec

 

Property Styling Suppliers – Cushions and Throws

Albi

Madras Link

IDC Creations

Sparkk

 

Property Styling – Floor Rugs

Bayliss

IDC Creations

United Interiors

Property Styling – Art Suppliers

United Interiors

 

Property Styling – Accessory Suppliers

Papaya

Swing

Nel Lusso

Albi

 

Property Styling – Lighting Suppliers

SK Living

Beacon

Albi

 

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If you know of anyone passionate about property, renovating and interior design we are quickly expanding nationally and are offering franchises as well as just one Regional Management opportunity in each state. 

Tackle Spring Cleaning like a pro!

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Spring is fast approaching and the countdown to longer, warmer days and balmy nights is definitely on.

And as always, with the onset of Spring comes a plethora of resolutions – earlier starts to the day, improved fitness regimes and of course, the big one – tidier, more organised homes.

It’s no wonder that traditionally, people sell their homes in Spring. Gardens are in bloom, everything is brighter and people are happier and pleased to be out and about on a Saturday morning.

Whether you’re thinking of selling this Spring or just looking for some simple ideas to spruce up your home, the team at Jim’s Interior Design have put together the ultimate guide to decluttering, creating good energy and removing stress from your home and from your life.

  1. Declutter. A favourite method of ours is to simply grab a large garbage bag and see how quickly you can fill it up. It may be trash, but it may be someone else’s treasure. Either way, it is no longer in your home and you  are one step closer to living more minimally.
  2. Make your house sparkle! Go beyond the usual weekly or day-to-day cleaning regime and tackle the big ones – windows, cobwebs, floors, walls, exterior walls and don’t stop dusting! PS – this qualifies as a workout plus you get to try out all those cleaning hacks you keep hearing about… did you know that lemons can zap microwave grime?
  3. Go through your closet, your partner’s closet, your kid’s closet. If you pick it up and you don’t feel immediate love and positive energy for it – send it on to someone who will.
  4. Look at your home critically and thoroughly. Check for water damage on floorboards or ceilings. Check for signs of pests and pest damage. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes, understand your home’s flaws and get them fixed once and for all!
  5. Create a welcoming entrance. Make the drive-by inviting. This is for potential buyers, but also for yourself and your family. Paint the door if need be, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorative items to a minimum and declutter the entrance area. It’s good to be home!
  6. Complete each task…. completely. Once you have decided where something has to go – take it there. Don’t let jobs drag on and on.

But home organisation and spring cleaning isn’t for everyone and that’s why there are experts on hand.

If you are looking for some help with decluttering, styling or preparing your home for sale, don’t hesitate to call the team at Jim’s Interior Design on 131 546.

Also, in exciting news – Jim’s Interiors have launched a small, exclusively curated selection of new, quality homewares and furnishings for sale via the online store. If you’re looking for a gift, or a beautiful piece to showcase in your Spring-ready home – check it out here.

TIP – Use a Vendor’s Advocate

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Advice on Vendor Advocacy from Melbourne’s Property Styling Experts

If you are time poor consider using a Vendor Advocate. They will generally charge you percentage of the sale price or other similar fee structure.

It’s certainly not necessary but I’d advise it if your work or other commitments mean that you are likely to be out of town during the sale period.

You may also want to consider a Vendor Advocate in some circumstances of financial or time pressured sales or where the person selling the home may otherwise be considered vulnerable.

Tip – Find and retain the best real estate agents

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Tips from an Expert Property Stylist on how to Find the Best Real Estate Agent – for you!

Meet with some agents and invite them to do an appraisal on your property for free.

Keep in mind the Agent suggesting the highest achievable price for your property is not necessarily the

best one.

Armed with your own Property Valuation or Research, the heat and pressure is taken out of an Appraisal because you already have a clear understanding of what your property is worth.

You can focus on what’s likely to matter more such as:

» How well they communicate with you and keep you informed

» The value of their property marketing package

» Their understanding of and presence in the local market

You can and should ask for the details of the last three people they sold a home for and maybe a couple of

people whose properties they are currently marketing.

Grab a cuppa and make some calls. Ask about their experience and outcome and it will help you make a great decision.

Tom Panos says, there are no blind dates in Real Estate and that’s never been more true. There is a lot of publicly available data on which agency is selling what, who is getting top dollar and suburb records and more review and comparison websites than you can poke a stick at.

You may even want to rethink whether you need a traditional estate agent at all. There are a lot of great alternatives entering the market place that are disrupting the traditional real estate industry model of high commissions. Some of them like Hello Real Estate and Purple Bricks offer flat fixed fees instead.

Tip – Property Research to help you sell your home confidently

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Tips from Melbourne’s Expert Property Stylists – Property Research will Help you Sell your Home with Confidence.

There are a couple of paths to go down here. When you aren’t relying on Agents, your Neighbour, your

Father in Law or someone from work to tell you what your property is worth, believe me you’ll sleep better

at night.

Professional Property Valuation

If you are time poor and can afford the upfront cost of around $900-$1,200 get your own property valuation. Yep, property valuations are not just for bankers. You can either get a desktop valuation which would suffice or a full valuation which includes a site visit. The beauty of your own valuation is that they will do the research for you and they will consider recent, relevant sales data in your area and then overlay a other variables to come up with a valuation of your home.

Property Data Services

Alternatively, look up a reputable provider of Real Estate Data; I suggest subscribing for just 1-3 months to

Core Logic for example. You’ll get live, current access to sales results without scrolling through auction results on a Sunday morning. You’ll also get access to the back history of property sales in your area and information about which agents sold what properties.

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Jim’s Property Styling Suppliers

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After price, one of our client’s first questions is about the quality of Jim’s property styling stock.

It’s a great question to ask your stylist, and it’s also the first question we ask our customers when they start the process of comparing property styling quotations!  It is often the quality of the property styling stock that can be the greatest variable in how and why stylists quotations will differ.  This article about Jim’s Property Styling stock will hopefully answer many of your questions.

What is Property Styling Stock?

Property styling stock is the furniture, accessories, artwork, linen, floor rugs, lamps and much more that you will be hiring when engaging a property stylist.

This property styling stock is usually housed in a warehouse, which is what we do.  However, depending on the size of the property styling business it may be kept in the stylist’s home or garage or an offsite storage facility if they don’t have a dedicated business premise.

Here are just a few of the sources of property styling stock used in the industry:

  • Retail Purchasing The stylist simply buys at Adairs, Kmart, Ikea, Beacon or other retail store just like any consumer
  • Wholesale Purchasing: The stylist sources stock not available directly to the public, at wholesale providers and prices* (This is primarily how we purchase)
  • Importing: The stylist imports stock in bulk quantities, this activity is usually limited to only the largest property stylists. (We’re not there yet!)
  • Seconds and samples: The stylist, due to their industry contacts, is offered seconds, ex-display items and samples at a discounted price* (we are sometimes able to get samples and exdisplay artworks from our suppliers like Bayliss Rugs and United Interiors)
  • Liquidators and Auctions: The stylist can often source and attend commercial auctions and clearances allowing them to pick up various as new or unboxed ex display items* (we also purchase in this manner)
  • E-Bay, Buy Sell Swap pages and Gumtree: This generally involves buying used goods and whilst its not a practice we engage in it can happen across the industry.  Sometimes you can get a fantastic outcome and I am all for reusing and recycling but there is also a greater array of risk and the stock is effectively ‘used’ or often tired
  • Op Shops and Flea Markets:  This is quite similar to Ebay and Gumtree in the risk level.  Again not something we do but, its not an unheard of practice.  Although I do proudly, and with a lot of personal enjoyment, love browsing the shelves of ops shops for  buy second hand books for our property styling
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Property Styling Stock Quality Varies

Even when purchasing wholesale, which is how Jim’s property styling stock is acquired (except for secondhand books which I love sourcing from Op Shops!), the quality of the stock can vary greatly.  This variation can even occur within the stock ranges held by a supplier.

We’ve experienced first hand that we can buy amazing occasional chairs from one supplier but that the entertainment units they supplied were of a noticeably poorer quality and in the end they didn’t stand up to the rigors of our industry and have been phased out.    It’s critical to be able to strike a balance when selecting property styling stock to ensure that the furniture you purchase is:

  • On trend by not trendy
  • Damage resistant and durable – some materials like glass, colours or types of fabric are more prone to damage and deterioration
  • At a sustainable or commercially viable price point

It’s important to have an understanding of what quality of stock will be supplied in the course of your property styling.   To determine this you need to be able to consider where and how your stylist is sourcing stock and from who.  We are open about the stockists and suppliers we have used in our business.  We are proud of our suppliers and use suppliers whose product we are in turn proud to use.

You can check out our suppliers here.

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Age and Condition of Property Styling Stock

The turnover of stock can also impact the overall effect of the staging.  A property stylist may have the highest quality lounge but if it has been moved 52 times over three years, it will inevitably begin to show signs of wear and tear.

As a guide the Jim’s Property Styling stock is on average 18 months old (as at June 2017) and we have a plan for property styling stock rotation that involves turning over stock either when its damaged and cannot be repaired without visual impact or its stained or marked and can’t be professionally cleaned.  Otherwise our ideal stock rotation involves:

  • Major Furniture Items – 3 years
  • Lighting – 2 years
  • Art – 2 years
  • Linen – 2 years
  • Rugs – 2 years
  • Accessories – 12 months
  • Cushions and Soft Furnishings – 12 months

At the end of its useful life (to us) we make our Jim’s Property Styling Stock (much of which is still in amazing condition) available online for purchase and will sometimes make slightly damaged stock available through here too.

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