Give your homeʼs in­te­rior added ap­peal

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

On the ex­te­rior of the home there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to make up­grades that help in­crease curb ap­peal, but what about the in­side of the house? What will be the prospec­tive buyer ʼs first im­pres­sion?

"First views of the in­te­rior set the stage for ei­ther a pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive sell­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with po­ten­tial buy­ers," says Realtor Ta­nia Moore. “There are ob­vi­ous things all sellers do, such as clean­ing up the clut­ter and vac­u­um­ing. How­ever, ev­ery home should have a few eye-pop­ping 'wow' items that make po­ten­tial buy­ers feel the home is spe­cial.

Tip #1 - In­stall ceil­ing medal­lions around ceil­ing fans and chan­de­liers to add char­ac­ter and warmth to rooms in the home.

Tip #2 - Re­duce the amount of or­nate art­work and win­dow cov­er­ings to cre­ate an open, airy en­vi­ron­ment in each room. Let nat­u­ral sun­light flow through win­dows to en­hance the in­te­rior of the home. For a dis­tinc­tive, yet breezy win­dow treat­ment, in­stall dec­o­ra­tive cor­bels or brack­ets on ei­ther side of win­dow tops and drape with light­weight fab­rics.

Tip #3 - Sur­round a fire­place or cre­ate an ac­cent wall in a fam­ily room us­ing pan­el­ized fa­cade brick prod­ucts in red, rose, brown or grey. Low-main­te­nance pan­els repli­cate the Old World look of hand­made ar­chi­tec­tural brick and in­stall in a frac­tion of the time. A "no re­peat pat­tern" as­sures that your ac­cent wall has a unique, one-of-a-kind ap­peal.

Tip #4 - Add a gar­den win­dow above the kitchen sink. The win­dow, which ex­tends out­side the home by 17 inches, is en­gi­neered to re­sist mois­ture and air in­fil­tra­tion. Once in­stalled, grow herbs or starter plants in the win­dow to show­case the ver­sa­til­ity of this mini-green­house.

Tip #5 - Play up your win­dows in­side the home and turn them into pieces of wall art. To ac­com­plish this, add a win­dow panel below a vinyl sin­gle or dou­ble hung win­dow and then sur­round the en­tire win­dow and panel with dec­o­ra­tive mould­ings.

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