Spruce up the in­te­rior be­fore sell­ing

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

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.

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