COV­ER­ING NEW GROUND

FLOOR­ING AND TILING IN A PROP­ERTY CAN MAKE OR BREAK A SALE. SHAYNNA BLAZE SHARES HER EX­PERT AD­VICE ABOUT US­ING NEW FLOOR­ING TO COVER OLD.

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | HOME - WORDS:SHAYNNA BLAZE SELL­ING HOUSES AUS­TRALIA .......................

If floor­ing in your house is old and ugly, buy­ers can be eas­ily put off by what they see as a big reno project. How­ever, there are some solutions to cov­er­ing those retro dec­o­rat­ing choices that can make a big im­pres­sion on the buyer… and not your bank bal­ance.

If your wall tiles are ghastly, but in good con­di­tion, it’s a much quicker and cheaper job to sim­ply lay new tiles over them.

This saves you the costly trou­ble of tear­ing out the of­fend­ing decor and wa­ter­proof­ing.

Sur­face prepa­ra­tion is im­por­tant - make sure the area you’re re-tiling is level and se­cure.

Any loose tiles should be re­placed.

Spe­cial primers and ad­he­sives help the new tiles grip and bond with the ex­ist­ing ones. And you don’t have to limit your­self to in­te­rior tiles ei­ther.

Lay­ing pavers over old tiles can to­tally trans­form dated ar­eas of your prop­erty.

An­other good way to lose those ’70s in­spired rooms is with vinyl plank straight over the top of retro night­mares.

It’s a re­ally ef­fec­tive way to bring an in­te­rior kick­ing and scream­ing into the modern day.

Not only does the floor look more stream­lined but it cuts down on the vis­ual clut­ter as well – so buy­ers aren’t dis­tracted when they come into the room. Cold and un­invit­ing tiles can be a real let-down in a prop­erty.

Un­der­lay and new car­pet can trans­form a chilly ce­ramic space into a wel­com­ing room, with that touch of lux­ury un­der­foot.

So don’t feel you have to live with the past – use new floor­ing and tiles to cover old – it takes a lot of the work out of a big job.

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