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The Best of House Doctor [Paperback]

Ann Maurice
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2 Aug 2004

A compendium of property-selling wisdom from the original home staging guru, TV’s House Doctor Ann Maurice.

How do you sell a home that’s been languishing on the market for months? By following the House Doctor’s mantra: depersonalise, declutter, define, renovate and accessorise.

This book shows you how to style the home you have to maximum advantage and without spending a fortune, in order to make that sale and even add value to the property.

While aimed primarily at people wishing to sell their home, the book also provides plenty of ideas for people just looking to smarten up their property, both inside and out.

• real life room-by-room case studies featuring before and after transformations

• step-by-step projects

• hints and tips on interior design

• practical decorating advice



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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007175604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007175604
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How do you sell a home that’s been languishing on the market for months? By following the House Doctor’s mantra: depersonalise, declutter, define, renovate and accessorise.

This book shows you how to style the home you have to maximum advantage and without spending a fortune, in order to make that sale and even add value to the property.

While aimed primarily at people wishing to sell their home, the book also provides plenty of ideas for people just looking to smarten up their property, both inside and out.

• real life room-by-room case studies featuring before and after transformations

• step-by-step projects

• hints and tips on interior design

• practical decorating advice

About the Author

As Channel 5's House Doctor, Ann Maurice has gained a massive cult following for her ability to transform unsaleable homes into hot properties, and has single-handedly introduced 'home staging' to an eager British public. As well as her TV work, she enjoys a flourishing career as an interior designer, but she began her working life selling real estate for 13 years. Thus she has both the creative flair for decorating makeovers and the hard-headed, insider knowledge needed to get a house sold.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for anyone selling their home 19 May 2005
Format:Paperback
I used her tips and tricks and transformed a family members home into a buyers dream. She has a gift for neutralizing rooms in such a fashion that they exude relaxation and personality but without OVER personalizing a room. Literally, your home will 'speak' to each buyer so that they can say, "I could absolutely see myself living here."
For a fraction of what the sale price is and oodles of elbow grease you can make your home appeal to a greater number of buyers and even pull in an added profit, as we did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 16 Jan 2005
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Format:Paperback
Excellent book. Every house should have one, Next best thing to having the house doctor in the house with You.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru on Home Staging hits the mark again 29 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
Ann Maurice has done brilliantly in the UK by doing what Estate Agents should be doing - working for their clients to sell their houses as fast and for as much money as possible; I doubt that this is a description that many would recognise.
Ann does "home staging". This is a part of the real estate market which she has had pretty much all to her self for a number of years in the UK. It is not property investment, property development, interior design or restoration. It is the activity that leads to the greatest return on investment while ensuring that a property is sold. The focus is short term results from little effort - if only most people who sold their houses had a read of this first! For anyone involved in real estate therefore, this, or one of her other books, is pretty essential reading.
This book covers a lot of her well prove ideas in one place and for that reason is superior to her previous efforts, which have sometimes been paper versions of the TV series. As she now develops her off screen business with training offerings anyone keen to learn more will do well starting here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold our house in a SNAP! 8 Aug 2006
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Format:Paperback
I've been a long-time fan of Ann and so when my mother's home wasn't selling, I knew it was time to call in "The Doctor". I had seen Ann's show come to the aid of home sellers and now it was time her tricks to the test.

Using Ann's tips, we depersonalized and decluttered the home without breaking the bank. Inexpensive ideas and good photography in conjuction with an enjoyable read make this one of my favorite how-to books for homeowners. Renters, this one you should pass on since you aren't financially investing in your property.

Every potential buyer that toured our home AFTER we put Ann's ideas in action loved the design changes we'd made. The compliments were overwhelming and the feedback was encouraging.

We got our asking price without a hassle and learned quite a bit about home improvements in the process.

Bring the doctor into your home even if you AREN'T planning to sell. I've used her suggestions in my current home and am pleased as can be with the results. Thank you, Dr. Ann!
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