Show house

You were probably brimming over with excitement and home improvement ideas when the estate agent first handed over the keys to your new house. Years later some of your original ideas have been realised, some changed and concessions made as you built a place to call home.

Get your home show house ready

Now you’re about to sell, getting started is proving to be tough. It doesn’t help that the FNB Property Barometer indicator dropped 0, 5% this month. However, despite the slowed residential property market, houses are still selling. According to Absa’s latest House Price Index, small houses (80 to 140sq) have shown resilient growth in June and Jacques du Toit, property economist at Absa, says the price growth in the South African housing market may be nearing an upturn.

While you wait for a seller’s market, get your property show house ready by following these steps.


If the idea of selling your home is overwhelming, start small by de-cluttering each room. An organised home is more appealing to buyers, making it easier to pack come moving day and helping you and/or your family feel liberated in what could otherwise be a stressful life event.

Be the buyer

Try to look at your home as if you were a prospective buyer from the time you pull into the driveway in the early evening up until the moment you get into bed at night. Make notes of areas you think could be improved.

If the driveway looks like a parking lot you could place a few pot plants around it to create a visual flow from the driveway into the garden. Details and contours could be added to a flat, square-looking home by adding window boxes and shutters. Give a drab front door a fresh coat of paint or install attractive lighting; also a valued security feature.

Before you start on the improvements, ask an experienced estate agent to assess the value of your home and point out what should be done before putting your home on the market. Some homeowners have spent thousands remodelling areas of their homes only to discover later that the new homeowners remodelled shortly after moving in. Finalise your list of home improvement priorities and don’t deviate from it.

Highlight your home

Most homes have one or two unique selling points. Highlighting a home’s best features is sometimes as simple as rearranging furniture. For example you can highlight a fireplace in the sitting room by positioning the seating to face it and accessorising the mantelpiece sparingly with classic décor to complement the beautiful brick or stone work.

Highlighting features inside a home is always easier when the rooms are well-lit and since most people want to live in homes that look and feel light and airy, here are some ideas to bring more light into your home:

Strategically place mirrors to reflect natural light to make a room seem lighter and larger.

Repaint rooms in light-enhancing neutral shades from bright white to egg-shell.

Maximise the natural light of a space by opting for white shutters and blinds.

“White visually extends a space and brightens a room as the light reflects off the open louvres,” says Karina Palmer of AMERICAN shutters. Large louvre profiles, like AMERICAN shutters’ range of wooden louvre blinds which includes a unique wide slat size of 63.5mm, create bigger gaps between the louvres when opened and allow more light to spill into the space.

“This not only enhances the natural light but is the perfect choice of blind to achieve a shutter-like look at a fraction of the cost or to complement an area with matching blinds if existing shutters have already been installed.”

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When the last job is ticked off your ‘to-do’ list, you’ll stand back and see that this process wasn’t about completing the home improvement ideas you’d dreamed of years ago; it’s about letting go of the home you’ve made and presenting a beautiful house to inspire someone else’s dream of making it their own.

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8 responses to “Show house”

  1. Shirley says:

    great post!

  2. karina says:

    The shutters and wide slat blinds used alonside each other as shown in the photo work really well together. Inspiring article.

  3. Antoinette says:


    I’m looking for Blind or something else for my boys room. They are 7 years old.


  4. admin says:

    Hi Antoinette,

    Thanks for your enquiry. We’d love to help! Michelle from our Cape Town head office has sent you an email asking for your contact details so that one of our sales consultants can help you. Please check your inbox. You are also welcome to email info@localhost/~darylglass/americanshutters