Spruce up the interior before selling
Before placing your home on the market for sale, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) recommends spending a little time freshening up the look of the main rooms which may not only add value but may also ensure a quicker sale.
REIQ managing director Dan Molloy says a little attention to decorating the interior rooms by adding soft furnishings, a couple of paintings and fresh flowers will make all the difference to the look and feel of a home.
“For those who are keen to add more value, a few ideal renovation tips such as applying a fresh coat of paint, sanding the wooden floors or replacing worn carpet will freshen up the look of any room. And, all this can be done either by hiring a professional tradesman or doing-ityourself at a fairly minimal cost,” Mr Molloy said.
“A decorated interior can help a buyer visualise how nice a room can look.
“Although interior design features are an individual choice and sometimes bright colours are fashionable, it is always a good idea to choose paint colours that are neutral such as white or cream for walls and floors. Add the colour with furniture and accessories.
“To spice up the look of a room, add bright cushions, colourful rugs and flowers – that can all be obtained at a low cost.”
There are several avenues open to you when researching interior designs for new and existing homes. The REIQ recommends home owners visit display homes or home shows and property expos to see what features are available and what decorations are in style.
Experts such as architects, retailers and interior designers can advise what colours are current and popular, what tiling or glass designs are in fashion, new carpet choices, and light fittings and maybe even where to locate affordable decorative pieces.
“Any major changes to the interior features of a home may add value as long as they are not too costly, are easy to maintain, offer convenience and are efficient to run,” Mr Molloy said.